Evaluation of the Trenton Housing Authority HOPE VI Project

Michael Simmons, michael.simmons@rutgers.edu

In 2010, the Trenton Housing Authority (THA) partnered with the Cornwall Center to provide independent evaluation services for their HOPE VI project. THA requested that the Cornwall Center assess all aspects of the HOPE VI program, with special attention to the impact that program self-sufficiency services have on the lives of community residents and the economic development generated by Rush Crossing revitalization. Thus far, the Cornwall Center has produced two reports in a series of annual reports of the THA HOPE VI program. The most recent report focuses on the programmatic progress for the 2013 calendar year in addressing the objectives outlined in the THA application to HUD. 

The goals of the THA HOPE VI program are to:

  • Improve the living conditions and physical infrastructure of the targeted distressed public housing unit through the demolition and redevelopment of the complex and surrounding area. 
  • Revitalize the targeted community through a public and private partnership to reduce the concentration of poverty, crime, and social isolation of community residents. 
  • Provide pathways to increase THA residents’ self-sufficiency through a series of educational, employment, and social development services. 

A final summative report will be completed in 2015 to document the entire scope and range of activities of the THA HOPE VI program.