Consistent with PD&R’s efforts to advance evidence-based policies, HUD USER provides a number of useful resources for students and researchers. Here, you will find links to PD&R reports and studies, access to original PD&R data sets, and learn about emerging trends in sustainable community development.



Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design Competition

Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design Competition

HUD’s Innovation in Affordable Housing (IAH) Student Design and Planning Competition is a new PD&R initiative currently entering its second year. Multi-disciplinary graduate student teams are invited to submit proposals in response to a real-life planning and design challenge faced by a public housing authority. A jury of experts in the field then evaluates the proposals and chooses four finalist teams, who are invited to visit the public housing authority site before presenting their final projects in front of the jury and a live audience at HUD Headquarters in late spring. The winning team will receive $20,000 and the runner-up $10,000.

To learn more and receive updates as they become available, visit our 2015 Student Design and Planning Competition page. You can learn about the winning project in our 2014 competition in this Case Study as well as find coverage of the final four event and winning team in this feature article on PD&R Edge. Learn more »

Research on HUD USER

Periodicals & Publications

Periodicals & Publications

HUD USER publishes a series of three periodicals that support PD&R's mission to provide reliable information to researchers, practitioners, advocates, industry groups, foundations, and the general public. more »

Data Sets From HUD USER Thumbnail

Data Sets

HUD USER provides interested researchers with access to original data sets generated by PD&R-sponsored data collection efforts. more »

Case Studies

Case Studies

Find examples of successful housing and community development efforts from a practical, “how-to” perspective. more »

Sustainable Communities Resource Center thumbnail

Sustainable Communities Resource Center

The Sustainable Communities Resource Center (SCRC) provides the public with a comprehensive set of information that supports local and regional strategies, with a particular emphasis on sustainable housing and planning. more »

Connect with HUD USER



Subscribe to receive email updates on new research and resources available from PD&R including the updates from The Edge — an online magazine.
more »

Social Media Thumbnail

Social Media

HUD User Forums provide opportunities for information exchange between housing and community development researchers, academics, policymakers, and practitioners. You can follow HUD User on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook for updates on the latest information posted on the website.

PD&R Mobile

Mobile Edge Thumbnail

Mobile Apps

PD&R’s mobile web applications provide you the latest housing research and data at your fingertips. more »

eBookstore Thumbnail


HUD USER offers a selection of our most popular housing research in a variety of eBook-friendly formats. We invite you to browse our inventory and download titles of interest. more »

Online Magazine

The Edge Thumbnail

The Edge

The Edge is an online magazine providing news, a message from the Assistant Secretary, and a wide range of information on housing and community development issues, regulations, and research. more »

Stay Connected

Social Media

Email Alerts

Subscribe to receive email updates on new research and resources available from PD&R including the updates from The Edge — an online magazine.

Subscribe Now