HOPE VI Gone Awry in Seattle Washington:  Follow along this set of photos to see how this program has been abused by the Seattle Housing Authority (SHA)

A Far Cry from Cabrini Green - Public Housing in Seattle Washington Before HOPE VI and After (See Below)





























The old works better than the new in Seattle for low income families:











































and for another stark comparison of old vs. new click here

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Text Box: These are new units at Holly Park—created with HOPE VI Funds.  The units are similar in type to the housing planned for Rainier Vista although there more of the low income residents are stuck into denser apartment buildings..  
Is this an improvement over living conditions in the “old”units at Rainier Vista identified above where children and adults congregated together - where each unit was ground related, had their own back yard, but all were linked to a common courtyard?  The units you're looking at to left are some of the nicer ones at Holly Park and most of these are for higher income groups.  Most of the public housing residents have been consigned to 3 story apartment buildings with shared halls and stairs and of course no yard. 
The new units at New Holly and Rainier Vista for low income residents are not ground related. The units here - most are for higher income residents. They are more dense, more crowded walk-ups—two story units with little or no back yard. And few of these are reserved for public housing residents.  In most cases they are consigned to dense 3-story apartments where large families share common hallways and stairways.  And where have all the trees gone? 
These are HOPE VI homeowner units - some priced at close to $500,000
Over 400 public housing units were lost at Holly Park when it was redeveloped with HOPE VI funds for a "mixed income" community.
Note also that play areas for the kids, open space, and community gardens—readily accessible under the existing  “courtyard” concept at Rainier Vista are now many yards and even blocks away from each units.  Kids play in the street instead of non-existent backyards or they must walk considerable distance to designated and organized recreation areas