Breaking the Cycle of Poverty: The Effect of Mixed-Income Neighborhoods on the Poor
Doctoral dissertation-Original research that built upon previous research on mixed-income housing and neighborhood effects on the poor. Respondents to the survey were residents of two Hope VI mixed-income neighborhoods in Nashville, TN. Earlier studies showed that neighborhoods do have an impact on their residents. Research results are not as clear on the impact of mixed-income neighborhoods on residents.

After surveying the two Hope VI neighborhoods in Nashville, the research showed that residents do like their new homes and neighborhoods, see a lot fewer problems than in their previous neighborhoods, feel much safer both outside and inside their homes than in their previous neighborhoods, show some signs of social cohesion and higher degrees of social control, and most residents consider themselves to have good, very good, or excellent mental and physical health. Importantly, this research was able to collect data on the social interaction between residents of different income levels and found that residents of both neighborhoods have social interaction within and between all income levels. In addition, most residents of both neighborhoods have social interaction with a wage earner.