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Rethinking American Communities


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To achieve its mission, HUD must connect Americans in need with resources that will allow them to live safe and financially secure lives. Unfortunately, many families have limited affordable options without government assistance and have difficulty connecting to meaningful opportunities to increase their economic standing. We need a new approach to ensure families are connected to services in their communities that put them on a path to self-sufficiency.

HUD User's case studies and regulatory solutions are resources that communities can use to promote healthy, safe, affordable housing and improve connections to services that enhance economic opportunities for families.


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Bon Secours Builds Gibbons Apartments to Provide Safe and Healthy Housing in Southwest Baltimore

Bon Secours Baltimore Health System, which has been building and rehabilitating affordable housing in Baltimore for 30 years, opened Gibbons Apartments in June 2016.
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Seattle, Washington: Prioritizing Health in Public Housing Redevelopment

Begun in 2012, the Seattle Housing Authority’s ongoing redevelopment of the Yesler Terrace public housing complex is a model for healthy housing.
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The University of Rochester Medical Center Partners to Eliminate Lead Poisoning

Although the federal government banned the use of lead-based paint in 1978, families living in older homes are still susceptible to lead exposure through chipping paint, dust, and soil contamination.
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St. Louis, Missouri: The Flance Early Learning Center Opens Doors to Opportunity in the Carr Square Neighborhood

The Carr Square neighborhood on the north side of St. Louis, Missouri, one mile from downtown, has been the focus of comprehensive redevelopment in recent decades.
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Addressing the Impact of Housing for Virginia's Economy

This report, prepared by a consortium of researchers for four Virginia universities, provides information on the state's housing sector.
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Housing Policy Levers to Promote Economic Mobility

This report by the Urban Institute looks at housing policies that restrict the economic mobility of lower-income households.
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Denver's low-income homeowners are losing ground, but policies can help stem that loss

This white paper notes that Denver's economy is thriving, with unemployment below the national average and wages above those of similar areas, at the same time, 82 percent of Denver's very low-income households are cost-burdened and working class homeowners face rising property taxes.
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Yes in My Backyard: How States and Local Communities Can Find Common Ground in Expanding Housing Choice and Opportunity

This report discusses how the local regulatory environment has created a housing shortage and affordability crisis and presents five ways that states can improve housing choice and affordability.
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