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PD&R Edge Elist 04/25/2013


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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 2

Mark Shroder, Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring, continues, in this second message, to discuss upcoming research sponsored by PD&R to increase the effectiveness of federal programs that combat homelessness.

Post-Katrina Disaster Housing Assistance and Household Transition

In the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, HUD created the Disaster Housing Assistance Program to help families transition back to stable, market-rate housing. A recent report, “Study of Household Transitions from the Disaster Housing Assistance Program,” examines the results of the program and presents considerations for future disaster assistance.

In Practice:
Historic Fire House in Duluth Renovated through Local Collaboration

The Firehouse Flats complex in Duluth, Minnesota is the most recent addition to the ongoing revitalization efforts in the city’s Hillside neighborhood. The historic rehabilitation provides 12 apartments for extremely low- and very low-income households, including the chronically homeless.

Policy Update:
Shared Equity Models Offer Sustainable Homeownership

In the wake of the housing market collapse, pathways to homeownership have been obstructed by tighter lending standards and declining household incomes. For low-income families seeking homeownership opportunities in this new economic climate, shared equity models offer many of the benefits of owning a home with less financial risk.



View of a Parisian suburb

Lessons from Paris
As France moves forward with its ambitious expansion of suburban rail transit, the challenges facing the Paris region provide important insights on metropolitan areas in the United States that are grappling with rapid growth in suburban poverty.


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