Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Dr. Erin Ruel

Second Advisor

Dr. Deirdre Oakley

Third Advisor

Dr. Katherine Hankins


In the last two decades, the Housing Opportunity for Everyone program (HOPE VI), has displaced hundreds of thousands of public housing residents into either mixed income developments or the private rental market. As part of the Urban Health Initiative project, this dissertation examines the impact of housing mobility policy implementation on Atlanta’s former public housing residents, focusing specifically on the disruption of place-based social ties and post-relocation well-being. Results indicate that overall relocation has little to no effect on financial stability for the sample. Social disintegration appears be the biggest factor in mental health outcomes, and there are differences in outcomes and perspectives between those from family and senior housing.