Michael Webb Awarded AAG Research Grant

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Most Section 8 residents in Charlotte are concentrated in relatively low-income neighborhoods north and west of Uptown Charlotte.

Most Section 8 residents in Charlotte are concentrated in relatively low-income neighborhoods north and west of Uptown Charlotte.

Dr. Michael Webb, research associate at CURS, has been awarded a $500 Association of American Geographers (AAG) Research Grant to support fieldwork in conjunction with CURS’ evaluation of the Charlotte Housing Authority’s Moving Forward program. His study “Displacement, Revitalization, or Both? A Mixed-Methods Approach to Understanding Neighborhood Trajectories of Section 8 Residents in Charlotte, North Carolina” uses administrative data, results from survey responses of 641 randomly-selected Section 8 households and resident interviews to understand how Section 8 residents are affected by neighborhood change – especially gentrification and revitalization. Dr. Webb will be presenting his work at the Urban Affairs conference and the AAG annual meeting, both in April 2015.