New Neighbors, Old Neighborhood: Affordable homeownership and engagement in an East Detroit neighborhood

By Lara Rusch and Erin White.

Published by Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies

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Self-help homeownership programs attempt to benefit both individual low-income families and their neighborhoods. This study draws on a 2011 survey of residents in an East Detroit neighborhood, which has had an influx of new residents through an affordable clustered housing development at the same time it has lost population through foreclosures. This article examines measures of neighboring activity and instrumental civic engagement behaviors of homeowners and other residents. We hypothesize that program affiliation, reflecting the relationships among new homeowners, influences communication and civic engagement.

Keywords: Affordable Housing Development, Homeownership, Civic Engagement

Spaces and Flows: An International Journal of Urban and ExtraUrban Studies, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.127-142. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 482.505KB).

Dr. Lara Rusch

Assistant Professor of Political Science, Department of Social Sciences, University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan, USA

Lara Rusch is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Her research interests include community organizing and social movements, urban politics, democratic deliberation, and nonprofit housing development.

Erin White

doctoral student, Political Science, Wayne State University, -, -, USA

Erin White is a doctoral student in Political Science at Wayne State University, Detroit.