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Place-Based Strategies Forum (Archived)

Projects and research ideas in this category will align to multiple goals in HUD's strategic plan. Proposed projects in this category would examine the Administration's place-based initiatives (Promise Zones, SC2, Choice Neighborhoods, etc.) in addition to other approaches that are conscious of place such as public safety and vacant property initiatives.

  • Understanding fair housing knowledge and compliance
  • Ensuring a coordinated federal response that reduces risk of disasters and supports community recovery;
  • Understanding energy efficiency and building technology innovations;
  • Best practices to enable green and healthy homes in the face of a changing environment.

Explore PD&R's current research and learn more about what we are already doing in this area:

What do you think are the most critical research questions that should be explored in relation to place-based strategies?

Posted By: jakervik
Posted On: Fri, 05/27/2016 - 18:28

I would like to see a specific applied research roadmap laid out for application to all of the PZs and future place-based efforts.To me it would contain several steps for each year of a designation, as well as a consolidated approach for a realistic, sustainable data analysis and best practices implementation plan for all of the PZs over the course of the designation. The audience would be Feds and the local designees. It might look something like this:

  1. Year 1 startup checklist
  2. Governance and structure recommendations
  3. Templates for activities, e.g. reporting, program/project management, communication and public relations planning, etc.
  4. Quarterly and annual data reporting sources, process, structure common to all PZs and place-based efforts
  5. Prioritized list, based on community needs and assets, of HUD programs and best practices to be implemented for all place-based efforts, updated annually
  6. List of Federal programs and best practices to be implemented for all place-based efforts, updated annually
  7. Outreach to Universities, NSF, National Academies for a concerted effort to help with data, analysis, applied research with the sales pitch of a geographically and time-bound (10 year PZ designation) sandbox to do research in and apply research to
  8. External innovative contracting and funding models best practices: how can municipalities, counties, states work together to more easily support economic development, employment, housing improvements in disadvantaged communities, e.g. paths to implement contract incentives and bonuses vs. punitive measures for proactively implementing and exceeding place-based community and DBE hiring
  9. Internal innovative funding and contracting models: Brainstorming and justification for how and why to add some budgets to these efforts in the future, e.g. a non-FPM program chargeback ala IT centralized funding models to support these place-based efforts that, by proxy, cover areas ranging from CPD to PIH to MF to Housing Counseling

In addition, I'd like to see some R&D funds used for planning and implementation of a branch of HUDUSER to support PZ and place-based data and communication needs for HUD, partners, and stakeholders, and researchers. This would be a much more sustainable platform to utilize because FPM and the Field Offices, who are tasked with leading the PZs, have no direct funding to procure and implement web solutions.

Thanks for listening,

Jake Akervik, Minneapolis Promise Zone Mgmt Analyst and Community Liaison

Posted By: EOo
Posted On: Thu, 11/05/2015 - 15:03

As part of the new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, an Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) will replace the Analysis of Impediments (AI) process. With the AFH, entitlement recipients will be required to identify and address issues of fair housing, integration, segregation, concentrated areas of poverty, access to opportunity areas and housing need utilizing, at minimum, HUD provided data and mapping tools and a large scale community engagement process. Through the Sustainable Communities Program, many regions began to look at these issues from a regional prospective, assessing regional repercussion of continued fair housing issues. What is the best opportunity in the AFH for involvement of existing regional agencies, not just ad hoc coordination among entitlement communities? How can MPOs or other regional agencies collaborate with entitlement recipients to prepare AFH reports that strengthen fair housing efforts locally and at the regional scale?

Posted By: EOo
Posted On: Thu, 11/05/2015 - 15:02

Existing research has found that states are increasingly prioritizing areas of high opportunity when allocating funds for affordable housing development and preservation, resulting in increases in the share of low income housing tax credit projects being built in low-poverty neighborhoods. However, many states also incentivize projects in qualified U.S. Census tracts that contribute to concerted community revitalization plans. There is, however, no standard definition of what constitutes a good community revitalization plan. To what extent do housing finance agencies incentivize projects in areas with community revitalization plans, particularly relative to opportunity areas? How do housing finance agencies evaluate the quality of community revitalization plans? How closely do those evaluations align with other common measures of plan quality, plan implementation, and community revitalization?

Posted By: DNRSqSm
Posted On: Wed, 11/04/2015 - 16:16

a. What current partnerships do PHAs currently have in place to address crime ?
b. What are law enforcements and the communities current perceptions on crime?

Posted By: DNRSqSm
Posted On: Wed, 11/04/2015 - 15:24

There continues to be a discussion of what’s best for low income communities when it comes to their quality of life. At the end of the conversation there appears to be a gap/ silence in the conversation when it appears the community’s feedback does not match the outcome. I would suggest that PD&R conduct a phenomenological study of these low income communities and have them to answer questions based on a SWOT analysis of their community to determine a common theme and if that theme provides a further understanding of what the community actual desires that equates to a better quality of life for them.

Posted By: Ellen Lurie Hoffman
Posted On: Wed, 10/28/2015 - 14:12

A debate has emerged over the merits of mobility vs. a place based approach to affordable housing, with HUD coming out in favor of a balanced approach that both promotes access to other communities through mobility while simultaneously ensuring that residents who remain in neighborhoods experiencing distress and concentrated poverty benefit from investments that improve their housing and increase their access to opportunity. While proponents of a strict mobility approach often point to studies illustrating the ways in which low-income families benefit from relocating to so called “communities of opportunity,” few studies have examined if a place based approach improves low-income families’ lives. PD&R should conduct a longitudinal study on whether – and how – a place based approach improves people’s lives.

Posted By: Sally Stevens
Posted On: Sat, 10/31/2015 - 13:27

The cooperative movement is growing quickly from the establishment of worker owned cooperative businesses to Cooperatively owned housing and is building community ownership and wealth and serving to reduce social and economic inequality - HUD could have significant impact by connecting and partnering with the many local and regional grassroots groups advancing the cooperative model, such as the following:

Cities, Inequality and the Common Good

"As investors move to buy up foreclosed homes and so-called "vacant lots" on which community gardens sit, to displace many longstanding businesses and cultural institutions, local residents and activists propose instead to take some of these properties out of the real estate market altogether. To do so, they are creating limited-equity cooperative housing, real estate investment cooperatives, and other mechanisms to stabilize neighborhoods and to preserve long-term affordable residential, commercial and artistic spaces."


This Group Wants to Help Lower Rents by Buying Real Estate as a Collective

Posted By: blair.d.russell
Posted On: Wed, 11/04/2015 - 12:03

Thank you for contributing to this important discussion. We have noted your comment and it will be shared within the Department as discussions continue regarding future research directions. Please continue to share your insights.
Blair Russell, HUD PD&R

Posted By: Ellen Lurie Hoffman
Posted On: Thu, 10/29/2015 - 10:26

As HUD has noted on several occasions, we can and should be investing in wealthier communities while simultaneously preserving existing affordable housing wherever it may be. Indeed, HUD’s AFFH final rule “recognizes the role of place-based strategies… to improve conditions in high poverty neighborhoods, as well as preservation of the existing affordable housing stock, including HUD-assisted housing, to help respond to the overwhelming need for affordable housing.” However, PD&R’s report, “Effects of QAP Incentives on the Location of LIHTC Properties,” does not distinguish between new construction and preservation when analyzing the deployment of LIHTC. PD&R should conduct a follow-up study on LIHTC and QAPs, distinguishing between rehabilitation and new construction.

Posted By: blair.d.russell
Posted On: Wed, 11/04/2015 - 11:59

Thank you for contributing to the discussion on HUD research priorities. We appreciate you taking the time to share your insights. Your comments have been noted and will be shared within the department as we continue the idea generation and refinement process. Please continue to provide your thoughts and suggestions.
Blair Russell, HUD PD&R

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