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Fort Worth, Texas: Mixed Uses and Mixed-Income Housing Aim to Improve a Low-Opportunity Neighborhood
HUD User publishes a series of case studies based on federal, state, and local strategies that increase affordable housing opportunities and support inclusive community development. The projects and community development efforts featured in these reports have demonstrated innovation through a multitude of partnerships and initiatives.
A development in Fort Worth, Texas, is demonstrating how affordable housing, as part of a mixed-use, mixed-income development coupled with social services, can uplift a neighborhood and help break an intergenerational cycle of poverty. Developers of the Columbia at Renaissance Square apartments, a 140-unit project that is the first of several housing phases at a 200-acre site, have partnered with Atlanta-based Purpose Built Communities to implement their model of social change. The approach relies on three focus areas: mixed-income housing, community health and wellness, and a cradle-to-college education pipeline. Crucial to the success of the model are the partnerships built among area service providers, employers, and educational and health institutions. A "community quarterback" organization helps to coordinate the collective effort of stakeholders to ensure effective programming that can make a substantial difference in the lives of families who call Columbia at Renaissance Square home.
Visit HUD User's Case Studies page to learn more about affordable housing and to view other promising examples of how communities across the nation are raising the bar on inclusive community development.