Ron Jackson has repeated the point a few times - the old practice of packing low-income residents into dense housing projects is no longer an acceptable practice for housing authorities.
Jackson is the executive director of the Hampton Redevelopment and Housing Authority, which is now focusing its sights on demolishing Lincoln Park, along Pembroke Avenue.
Presuming the authority gets approval for the project in the next year, hundreds of low-income residents will be forced to relocate. Remember the authority also oversaw the demolition of downtown's Harbor Square last year.
This begs the question: Where are the city's poorest residents moving if they can't live in these housing projects?
Jackson has said HRHA kept track of residents when they moved from Harbor Square and a similar process would be used for Lincoln Park.
In the case of Harbor Square, some people stayed in the city, others left to live elsewhere. It wouldn't be out of the question to expect a similar result with Lincoln Park.
But what does that mean for the entire city?I would argue that even though Hampton's population is incredibly diverse, there are a significant amount of under-employed and unemployed residents living among us.
The median individual income in Hampton is just $24,715 and 14 percent of the city's population lives below the poverty line, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
In comparison with the entire state, Virginia residents earn an average of $33,040 and just 10 percent of the residents live below the poverty line.
Jackson says the authority wants to maintain the city's number of Section 8 vouchers, even after Lincoln Park is demolished. HRHA would then rebuild a mixed-income residential development on the property, albeit with fewer units than the present housing project on the site.
The shift in housing is an interesting process we're following here at the Daily Press. It's something residents are talking about, and it is certainly a change we can follow.