HOPE VI Projects


Various locations, United States

Beginning in the early 1990s, HOPE VI was an effort by the federal government to revitalize the nation’s most distressed public housing projects with new mixed-income developments.  Federal funds were leveraged to help create new partnerships among federal and local governments, the private sector, community organizations, and residents in order to catalyze the redevelopment process.  Over 400 grants and nearly $6 billion later, the program has yielded a collection of unique neighborhoods and helped reenergize the surrounding urban environments, often reducing crime and providing a more social environment. 

The development of HOPE VI projects was largely guided by community input from public meetings and workshops.  The collaborative process not only informed the designs, but encouraged the community to have an active role in the creation of their environment.  The formation of a collective vision, these projects have proven, has results that endure well beyond a community’s reconstruction. 

HOPE VI projects that HDR | | Calthorpe has developed plans for include:

  • Carver Homes (Atlanta, GA: 1999)
  • Chestnut Court (Oakland, CA: 1998)
  • Curtis Park (Denver, CO: 1999)
  • Easter Hill (Richmond, CA: 2000)
  • Harrison Homes (Peoria, IL: 2001)
  • Henry Horner Neighborhood (Chicago, IL: 1994)
  • Churchill Neighborhood (Holyoke, MA: 1995)
  • Mandela Gateway (Oakland, CA: 1999)
  • North End (Newport, RI: 1997)
  • Oak Street (Coatesville, PA: 1997)
  • Park Avenue (Denver, CO: 2002)
  • Roosevelt Square, formerly ABLA Homes (Chicago, IL: 2004)
Mandela Gateway (Oakland, CA)
Curtis Park (Denver, CO)
Chestnut Court (Oakland, CA)
Henry Horner Neighborhood, pre-redevelopment (Chicago, IL)
Henry Horner Neighborhood, post-redevelopment (Chicago, IL)
Workshop Process for Oak Street (West Chester, PA)

Project Summary



US Department of Housing and Urban Development


Urban Revitalization


Redevelopment of distressed public housing into mixed-use, mixed-income, walkable neighborhoods


Various designs completed 1994-2004