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PD&R Edge Elist 04/10/2013


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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

Message from PD&R Senior Leadership:
PD&R’s Upcoming Research on Combating Homelessness Part 1

What role does research play in shaping HUD policies and programs? Mark Shroder, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring discusses HUD’s work to combat homelessness and current research efforts designed to inform these efforts.

Interventions Offer Approaches To Tackling Homelessness

HUD’s Family Option Study is the largest effort to date to learn about the effects of housing and services interventions on homeless families through an experimental design. The interim report details the baseline characteristics of families enrolled in the study and the various interventions that will be evaluated.

In Practice:
North Dakota Funds Affordable Rental Housing During the Oil Boom

With funding support from the state’s Housing Incentive Fund and the Law Enforcement Pilot Program, the Patterson Heights apartments in Dickinson are providing much needed affordable housing in one of North Dakota’s boomtowns.

Statistical Reports:
Housing Scorecard: March 2013

The March 2013 scorecard shows continued progress for the housing market in many key indicators with home prices showing strong annual gains and new and existing home sales continuing on their upward trajectory. In 2012, homeowner equity grew by $1.64 trillion and rising home prices lifted 1.7 million homeowners out of negative equity positions. The Administration’s programs continue to encourage improved standards in the industry; through December 2012, HOPE Now lenders have offered nearly 3.5 million proprietary mortgage modifications to families and individuals.

Policy Update:
Individual Development Accounts: A Vehicle for Low-Income Asset Building and Homeownership

The ability to build wealth remains a challenge for many low-income families. However, the emergence of individual development accounts presents a promising tool for asset building and social mobility.



Map of the United States showing the unemployment rate by state in January 2013.

Calculation of the Unemployment Rate
What’s in a number? The unemployment rate is an often-cited statistic, but how is it calculated and what does the number really tell us about the health of the economy?


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