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PD&R Edge Elist 03/12/2013


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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:
Strong Cities, Strong Communities (SC2): Update from the Executive Director

In only 18 months, SC2 Community Solutions Teams have shown remarkable progress in helping the seven pilot cities move toward achieving their goals. Mark Linton, Executive Director of the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities, shares success stories from the field regarding these SC2 communities.

In Practice:
Massachusetts Addresses Issues with Social Innovation Financing

Government officials, nonprofit partners, and private-sector investors are pioneering the use of social innovation financing in an effort to transform the way social service programs are administered and financed in Massachusetts.

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 February 2013

The February 2013 scorecard shows continued progress for the housing market across many key indicators, with home prices showing strong gains at year-end. Sales of new and existing homes are also strengthening. The Administration’s programs continue to encourage improved standards in the industry. Through December 2012 HOPE Now lenders have offered more than 3.4 million proprietary mortgage modifications to families and individuals.




Graphic from HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity that reads “Reflecting on Affirmative Marketing To Create Integrated Communities.”

Three Ways to a Fair Shot at Housing
While creating high-quality housing choices for low-income households in safe neighborhoods can be critical to expanding educational and economic opportunities, too often, families are unaware of housing opportunities that may exist in surrounding areas. HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity tackled the issue of marketing and outreach to low-income families in its February Tuesday Speaker Series, All the Best Intentions: Is Affirmative Marketing Creating Integrated Communities?


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