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Alikpokou, F (2018), Seventy-Five North Developments: A Holistic Approach to Improving Northeast Omaha. University of Nebraska-Lincoln
The concentration of public housing in high-poverty neighborhoods has many negative impacts; it limits educational opportunities for kids, leads to increased crime, causes poor health outcomes, hinders wealth building, and decreases investments (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 2013). Northeast Omaha exhibits many of these issues. North Omaha is not only home to many of the city's minority persons, but also home to one of the most impoverished Black communities in the United States (Cordes, Gonzalez, & Grace, 2011). The Omaha-Council Bluffs area was ranked 14 for the highest African-American poverty rate out of 100 most populous metro areas in 2010 (Drozd, 2014). In addition to poverty, North Omaha also has the highest area of concentrated public housing (HUD Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, 2018). The impact of high concentrations of public housing in North Omaha have affected families, businesses, and schools in the community and subsequently have led to years of little or no investment in the area. While organizations have worked to educate, research, and evaluate ways to revamp North Omaha, these efforts have sometimes fallen short due to funding, lack of interest from private developers, and other factors. To change the face of the North Omaha, Seventy-Five North is developing high-class mixed-income housing in the area using the Purpose Built Communities model of mixed-income housing, education, and wellness. The objective of this research is to explore the potentials of the new strategy in improving the community.
Advisor: Rodrigo Cantarero