Transforming Neighborhoods in Need
RRHA has been a leader in Richmond’s Public Housing Development Initiative, a multi-year effort to transform neighborhoods in need. The project began with Creighton Court, a 504-unit public housing community that is being transformed into a mixed-use, mixed-income community.
The strategy of transforming public housing is three-fold, encompassing support to Housing, People, and the Neighborhood.
- Housing: Replace distressed public and assisted housing with high-quality mixed-income homes that are well managed and responsive to the needs of surrounding neighborhoods. Replacement means a one-for-one replacement of public-housing equivalent units.
- People: Improve educational opportunities and outcomes for youth with services and support delivered directly to youth and their families.
- Neighborhood: Create the conditions necessary for public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to offer the kinds of amenities and assets – safety, good schools, family recreation, public transportation, pedestrian mobility and commercial activity – that are important to families’ choices about their community.
What does success look like?
Public Housing transformation offers several major benefits for the City of Richmond:
- Develops a new model of affordable housing accessible to low-income families including better quality housing, greater social integration with the wider community, and greater access to services and amenities, that can be replicated throughout East End and Citywide.
- Provides focused, intentional support to all households in support of their housing, educational, and employment goals.
- Supports academic improvement in neighborhood public schools through greater demographic balance and focused support strategies for parents and children funded through the “People Plan.”
- Attracts greater investment from all sources to East End to stimulate commercial and residential activity and tax base growth.
- Provides lasting neighborhood improvements to all area residents.