Analysis of Public Housing in Yonkers, New York
The early residents of public housing came to Yonkers in search of work and the American dream. The majority of the residents came from various European countries, such as Poland and Italy. Early public housing units “included police officers, postal workers and laborers in the factories that once flourished in southwest Yonkers. Most were white.” As the immigrants settled into the community, they received higher wages and moved to the east side of Yonkers. These groups later developed clubs and organizations that shared similar culture. This reinforced the separation of neighborhoods, especially on the western side of Yonkers. As a result, the southwest of Yonkers acquired a new identity associated with minorities because they became the dominant inhabitants. Soon enough, the city’s funds diminished and public housing units started to fall apart and breed crime. This caused the rest of Yonkers to look down on the public housing literally and figuratively.
By the 1980s, the demographics of public housing developments changed. Whites no longer lived in the units and moved away, whereas minorities, including African Americans and Latinos, moved in. As a result, “97.7 percent of the city's public housing, also contained 80.7 percent of the city's minority population.”  In addition, the incomes of the residents “must not exceed 80…50… [or] 30 percent of the median income for the area,” which adjusted according to family size. These demographics show how Yonkers grouped individuals from similar situations, and isolated them to a small part of the city.
Sara Rimer, “Yonkers Anguish:Black and White in 2 Worlds," New York Times, December 22, 1987.http://www.nytimes.com/1987/12/22/nyregion/yonkers-anguish-black-and-white-in-2-worlds.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm
 Lisa Belkin, Show Me A Hero (1999).
 "Public Housing ACOP." http://www.mhacy.org/files/ACOP_1-17-12_Complete.pdf.