This beautiful neighborhood is defying Section 8 housing stereotypes - take a look
In 1978, the Jimmy Carter administration created the Housing Choice Voucher program, also known as Section 8, which provides assistance to low- and moderate-income families to rent affordable housing built by local housing authorities.
You've likely seen some of these 1980s-era apartment buildings - characterized by their boxy shapes and shabby brick facades - which come with a number of negative stereotypes. A 2010 analysis points to five major public concerns around Section 8 units: a lack of maintenance, expectation of crime, disapproval of housing as a handout, reduction of property values, and physical unattractiveness.
A redeveloped public-housing neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin could defy those old attitudes. Called Westlawn Gardens, it features green lawns, a community garden, new sidewalks and stormwater drains, and attractive apartment units with bright exteriors and modern interiors. Milwaukee's housing authority contracted the architecture firms Torti Gallas & Partners and Kindness Architecture & Planning to redesign Westlawn.
The project won a 2018 Excellence Award from the American Planning Association, an organization comprised of urban planners from across the US.
Take a tour of Westlawn below.