Family mobility in low-income neighborhoods poses significant challenges to community change initiatives. This report seeks to quantify those challenges by (1) focusing on how residential mobility changed neighborhood composition and characteristics over time in the Making Connections sites; (2) exploring characteristics and circumstances of “movers, newcomers and stayers”, and (3) offering a set of neighborhood mobility models and their implications for family well-being and the community change field. 

November 30, 2009

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why families stay or move in low-income neighborhoods.

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    How neighborhoods can help or hinder success for families living in poverty and isolation.

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    How family mobility impacts low-income neighborhood conditions.

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    Which strategies deal with high family mobility rates.

Key Takeaway

Rationale for moving out or staying put

About a third of movers across the Making Connections neighborhoods were “up-and-out” movers, heading toward better neighborhoods where they said they were more satisfied and optimistic. Among stayers, close to half were attached to their neighborhoods and positive about their future. A much smaller share of stayers said they were remaining in place because they lacked viable alternatives.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations