The problems facing individuals struggling to age in place differ in magnitude in urban and rural settings.


In the second part of an interview focused on the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Rehousing Program (HPRP), Ann Marie Oliva, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, shares her assessment of HPRP’s outcomes and impact on policymaking.

In 2009, Congress provided $1.5 billion through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARR) to fund the Homelessness Prevention Fund, later renamed the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP).

Rust Belt communities have been experimenting with various strategies to address vacant and foreclosed residential properties and the problems associated with them: reduced property values and increased public health risks, crime, and costs for local governments.

If you watch or read economic commentary, you will most likely come across an economic indicator known as “housing starts.” This term refers to a statistic in the New Residential Construction Report, which is released monthly by the U.S. Census Bureau and HUD.

Communities face a host of challenges and opportunities for action — deepening levels of inequality and opportunity disparities, a lack of affordable housing near employment, climate change, and the threat of natural disasters, among others — that transcend local jurisdictional boundaries and often can be addressed more effectively through regional approaches.


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