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17 J.L. & Pol'y 191 (2008-2009)
The Hope VI Paradox: Why Do HUD's Most Successful Housing Developments Fail to Benefit the Poorest of the Poor

handle is hein.journals/jlawp17 and id is 195 raw text is: THE HOPE VI PARADOX: WHY DO HUD'S
MOST SUCCESSFUL HOUSING
DEVELOPMENTS FAIL TO BENEFIT THE
POOREST OF THE POOR?
Matthew H. Greene*
INTRODUCTION
In February of 2008, the United Nations (UN) Special
Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an
adequate standard of living, and on the right to non-discrimination
in this context, along with the UN Independent Expert on minority
issues, issued a press release condemning the redevelopment of
public housing in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.1 The
statement focused on the decision to replace demolished housing,
despite the fact that only a portion of the new housing units will
be for residents in need of subsidized housing and the remainder
will be offered at the market rate.''2 For approximately 5,000
families who were displaced by the natural disaster, this
redevelopment plan amounts to a denial of the right to return to
* Law clerk, The Honorable Janis M. Berry, Appeals Court of
Massachusetts; B.A., Boston College (2003); J.D., Northeastern University
School of Law (2008). I would like to thank Professor Rashmi Dyal-Chand for
her insight, guidance and encouragement on this article.
Press Release, Office of the United Nations High Comm'r for Human
Rights, UN Experts Call On United States To Protect African-Americans
Affected by Hurricane Katrina, U.N. Doc. HR08023E (Feb. 28, 2008)
[hereinafter UN Report], available at http://www.unog.ch (follow News and
Media hyperlink, then Press Releases & Meeting Summaries hyperlink, then
Human Rights Mechanisms (Special Rapporteurs and Experts) hyperlink, then
Activities and Statements hyperlink).
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