Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Comparing neighborhood opportunity best practices across affordable housing policies: A case study in Long Beach, California
by Sparks, Heather R., M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2016, 89; 10108171
Abstract (Summary)

Previous policy studies have demonstrated that affordable housing residents who live in neighborhoods with racial and economic integration, community investment, and access to amenities are more likely to experience improved well-being. The Moving To Opportunity (MTO), Gautreaux, and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) programs have best practices to increase neighborhood opportunity at affordable housing sites. This thesis analyzes primary policy documents to compare national best practices with those presented by an advocacy report and a Housing Element for Long Beach, California. The potential outcomes of applying such best practices in Long Beach are compared using GIS. The study finds policies conflict and converge in both guidelines and spatial outcomes. Finally, modifiable area unit problems may affect demographic-based guidelines. More research on amenities quality and neighborhood integration is needed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Jocoy, Christin L.
Commitee: Carter, Norman, Li, Linna
School: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Geography
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Geography, Public policy, Urban planning
Keywords: Affordable housing, California, GIS, Gautreaux, Low income housing tax credit, Moving to opportunity, Neighborhood opportunity
Publication Number: 10108171
ISBN: 978-1-339-71534-6
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