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Projects in this category will most closely align to HUD's strategic plan goal 3: Use Housing as a Platform to Improve Quality of Life; and goal 4: Build Strong, Resilient and Inclusive Communities. Proposed projects and ideas in this category will cover a range of issues high on the Secretary's priority list including: fair housing, homelessness, and expanding broadband access to disadvantaged populations.

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What do you think are the most critical research questions that should be explored in relation to Secretarial Priorities?

Posted By: jrfishma
Posted On: Fri, 11/06/2015 - 18:08

Research what information, questions the public is seeking that are going unanswered by the Department. Investigate what searches are being made in internet search engines that is HUD related and has been unaddressed by HUD's published or developed content. Where can HUD educate the public better? What is the public searching for from HUD that HUD is not meeting the needs of consumers? What matters can we provide research on that assist the public?

As we seek to prevent discrimination in housing, where are the information gaps? Are we assessing how the pubic responds to our press releases and seek to address misinformation or misunderstandings? Are we responding to the needs of the public by presenting the information they are seeking about our activities and programs?

Posted By: NAEH_SB
Posted On: Fri, 11/06/2015 - 17:49

Permanent supportive housing is designed as an intervention to end chronic homelessness—for housing people who had disabilities and had been homeless for long periods of time. That being said, permanent supportive housing is a somewhat flexible model—it can be provided in a congregate setting or in scattered site units throughout a community. And, the services provided can vary drastically from program to program. An comparison between the impact of scattered site and congregate supportive housing, and for whom would be helpful as would a survey of the prevalence of types of services provided by programs.

Posted By: NAEH_SB
Posted On: Fri, 11/06/2015 - 17:48

Rapid re-housing has increasingly become a staple of community responses to end homelessness. It is now used with families, single individuals, unaccompanied youth, and survivors of domestic violence. But, not much is known about the adaptations to the model for those subpopulations: Does the length of assistance provided vary based on the population served? What variations are there in the attached services? What are the outcomes for various populations—how quickly do they leave shelter, where to they live when assistance ends, and do they remain housed?

Posted By: NAEH_SB
Posted On: Fri, 11/06/2015 - 17:48

To stem the flow of people becoming homeless, communities undertake prevention efforts. Some studies have been done to examine the cost effectiveness of such efforts and to see costs savings strategic targeting of resources is needed, but the criteria for that targeting is not fully known. It would be helpful to narrow targeting criteria for homelessness prevention—including an examination of the types of housing crises and personal characteristics that make a household most likely to enter homelessness. This should also include an examination of what happens to households that exit public housing.

Posted By: NAEH_SB
Posted On: Fri, 11/06/2015 - 17:47

Homelessness among older populations is of increasing concern as the baby boomer population continues to age. More information is needed on the population though. Have older people who are homeless been homeless for a long period of time or repeatedly, or are they experiencing homelessness for the first time? What are the housing and service needs of older homeless populations?

Posted By: NAEH_SB
Posted On: Fri, 11/06/2015 - 17:46

A population of increasing concern is those people who are living doubled up with family or non-relatives for economic reasons and who are sometimes extremely precariously housed. This living situation is the most common living situation prior to entering a homeless program. The American Housing Survey has a “Doubed Up” module to provide more detail on this population, but it has only been administered once and the data provided needs more clarity. PD&R should improve the American Housing Survey “doubled up” module and administer it at a regular frequency in order to better study this at-risk population.

Posted By: Sutcliffe
Posted On: Tue, 11/03/2015 - 15:48

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) Housing Task Force strongly recommends that HUD PD&R develop capacity to provide states and local jurisdictions with improved disability data in order to ensure the needs of people with disabilities are accurately considered when these entities comply with the new Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule. While data on other covered classes under the Fair Housing Act are included, critical disability data are missing, including data on the housing needs of extremely low income people with disabilities living in nursing facilities, other institutions and group quarters. More information is available at http://www.c-c-d.org/fichiers/AAFH_CCD_Assessment_Tools_submitted-08-17-....

Posted By: blair.d.russell
Posted On: Wed, 11/04/2015 - 11:35

Thank you for sharing your recommendation. Your comment and link will be passed on to PD&R leadership. Please continue to contribute to this discussion.
Blair Russell, HUD PD&R

Posted By: aallyyssaa
Posted On: Thu, 10/08/2015 - 12:27

A common area of discrimination in multifamily housing is the creation and enforcement of overly restrictive rules against families with children. For example, rules that say a 17 year old needs to be supervised at the pool, inside their home, anywhere outside, at the laundry center, etc. These rules are instituted as supervision rules which really should be a guardians' responsibility to determine based on the the age, behavioral development, and maturity of the minor at question. At some multifamily complexes, the rules go beyond restricting elementary-age children and can be so restrictive as to restrictive minors who could have their own job and car. I think it would be beneficial to understand the impact on families with children when they are subjected to these rules, both from a financial, emotional, and practical standpoint and a long term look to determine whether it impacts where families move and how children are affected (similar to research on helicopter parenting where parents choose to be always supervising their children).

Posted By: blair.d.russell
Posted On: Mon, 10/26/2015 - 12:08

Thank you for sharing your perspective on this matter. Your suggestion to study this issue will be added to the ongoing discussion of HUD's future research priorities. As it relates to your area of interest, you might be interested to learn that HUD is currently conducting research that seeks to measure discrimination against families with children in rental housing. You can learn more about this project at: https://www.huduser.gov/portal/about/PDR-Research.html.
Blair Russell, HUD PD&R

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