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PD&R Edge Elist 02/12/2013


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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:
Investing Together: Tackling Capacity and Coordination Challenges Across Levels of Government

HUD's Office of International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI) is helping to inform the Obama Administration's Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative (SC2) through its engagement with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Philanthropic Innovation Ana Marie Argilagos gives examples from a recent OECD report on how other national governments are coordinating efforts and building capacity among their regional, state, and local governments.

In Practice:
Promoting Homeownership for Police Officers and Firefighters in Chattanooga, Tennessee

A new program in Chattanooga, Tennessee is providing police officers and firefighters with an incentive to reside in the neighborhoods they serve and protect. The Chattanooga Police and Fire Fund for Homeownership program provides forgivable loans of up to $20,000 for law enforcement and firefighting personnel who purchase homes in the city.

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.

Statistical Reports:
Housing Scorecard January 2013

The January scorecard shows continued progress for the housing market in many key indicators. Sales of new and existing homes in December 2012 are up 8.8 percent, and 12.8 percent, respectively, compared with the previous year, and home prices are up 5 percent over the same period. The number of underwater mortgages continues to decline, and the Administration’s foreclosure prevention programs are providing relief for millions of homeowners as the country continues to recover from the unprecedented housing crisis.



An image of a burned-out church as seen across vacant lots once occupied by dwellings.

Engaging Urban Vacancy
Across America, cities struck hardest by abandonment are being reengaged through innovations that aim to put these new urban expanses to productive uses. In the first of a series on The Edge, Jill Stoner of the University of California Berkeley, formerly a visiting PD&R Scholar, explores the opportunities and considerations presented by emerging models of urban regeneration.


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