Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Doctoral Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph. D.


Urban and Public Affairs

Committee Chair

Gilderbloom, John I.

Author's Keywords

HOPE IV; Revitalization; Housing; CSS; Community and supportive services; Newport; Policy; Kentucky


Public housing--Kentucky--Newport; Urban renewal--Kentucky--Newport; Newport (Ky.)--Economic conditions


This dissertation examines the outcomes of the Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere (HOPE VI) program in one American city, Newport, Kentucky. HOPE VI also improved the quality of life and satisfaction of former public housing residents who participated in the Community and Supportive Services (CSS) program, the case management program of HOPE VI. HOPE VI neighborhoods in Newport have experienced higher increases in property values. The site of the old public housing in Newport has been cleared to make way for an $800 million-$1 billion investment over the next 10-15 years. The development will offer a first-class, mixed use development, including retail, office, condominiums, a hotel, and additional amenities in close proximity to downtown Newport. The reduction of HOPE VI funding has made this dissertation timely and important in documenting the impact of a federal program like HOPE VI on a small sized city. An increased commitment by the Obama administration and increased funding for HOPE VI is necessary to ensure that homeownership is the best way to ensure livable and sustainable communities and revitalize distressed communities throughout the United States.