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On Friday morning, the Durham Housing Authority and Bull City leaders gathered to break ground on the Elizabeth Street Apartments, which will be a 72-unit mixed income housing community. DHA told ABC11 that this is the model it is moving to. They said they believe it will change the face of public housing.

“The greatest beneficiary of mixed-income community are children,” said Roberto Quercia, UNC-Chapel Hill professor of City and Regional Planning. “The idea is the opportunities for these families to succeed will be increased by living in mixed-income communities as opposed to just living in low-income neighborhoods.”

According to Quercia, children growing up in mixed-income communities have access to better schools, neighbors of diverse backgrounds and sometimes better socioeconomic status.