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PD&R Edge Elist - 04/24/2012


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PD&R's online magazine, The Edge, provides you with a snapshot view of our newly released research, periodicals, publications, news, and commentaries on housing and urban development issues. Stay informed on current topics and check back frequently, as our content is routinely updated.

New on The Edge

HUD Designates Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Qualified Census Tracts for 2013

On April 20, 2012, HUD published a Federal Register Notice designating new Qualified Census Tracts (QCTs) for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program to go into effect January 1, 2013.

In Practice:
Tackling the Housing Crisis in Pennsylvania’s Boomtowns

The state of Pennsylvania recently passed legislation to help address the affordable housing crisis in communities impacted by Marcellus Shale natural gas development. The legislation creates revenues for local and county governments and will fund the state’s Housing Trust Fund in an effort to expand housing opportunities.

Partner Reports:
After the Disaster: Rebuilding Communities

The Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project and Environmental Change and Security Program along with the Fetzer Institute recently hosted the final workshop in the Revitalizing Community Within and Across Boundaries three-part series. The workshop addressed how the disaster response community can best support local-level recovery efforts.

Statistical Reports:
Housing Scorecard

The Administration tracks progress towards stabilizing the nation’s housing market with a monthly scorecard. Issued by HUD and the U.S. Department of Treasury, the scorecard includes key housing market trends and highlights the impact of the Administration’s housing recovery efforts.



Strong Cities, Strong Communities Convening

Strong Cities, Strong Communities Convening
March 15 was a historic day for the Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative (SC2), a partnership between the White House and 19 federal agencies aimed at breaking down federal silos and helping cities facing long-term challenges build capacity and more effectively use federal funds. President Barack Obama announced the signing of an Executive Order establishing a White House Council to manage and further the initiative. The convening brought stakeholders together to discuss the key issue confronting the SC2 cities.

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