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HUD's Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation: New Monthly Newsletter

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October 18, 2016  
Partnering across borders and sectors

Welcome to the first monthly newsletter from HUD's Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI).

Here at IPI, we are proud to connect and share the valuable work that is being done in collaboration with our federal colleagues and our partners in the philanthropic and international communities. Achieving HUD's mission is not possible without including all actors in the process, from city-level leaders to foundation grant makers and experts. Moreover, it is pivotal that we take a comparative standpoint in our assessments of policies, programs, and demonstrations by involving the international community and sharing best practices that will make all of our communities stronger.

We'll make sure you know the most pertinent happenings at HUD and get the inside scoop on the work that you're all helping us accomplish. We're excited to be connecting with you in this way, and hope to continue our partnerships while exploring new opportunities for collaboration and innovation. 

Salin Geevarghese
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation 
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development   
The Latest from IPI

HABITAT III CONVENING | HUD Secretary Castro is representing the U.S. Delegation this week in Quito, Ecuador for the United Nations Habitat III Convening. Habitat III occurs every 20 years and is the UN's conference on housing and urban sustainability.
  • In advance of Quito, Secretary Castro addressed the United Nations this summer in New York City, sharing his thoughts on how cities can thrive in the 21st century.
  • HUD and the U.S. Department of State have led a two-year, inclusive process to engage a broad set of stakeholders in preparing for the international event.
  • Follow along here for regular updates on the U.S.'s experience at Habitat III.
THE US 20/20 HABITAT III REPORT | In preparation for Habitat III, HUD, on behalf of the U.S. government, has prepared a report to share the U.S. story around housing and community development over the last 20 years since Habitat II occurred in 1996. The report outlines the United States' progress and challenges in fostering inclusive, sustainable, and resilient communities. 
HOW-TO GUIDE FOR PUBLIC-PHILANTHROPIC PARTNERSHIPS | Scaling Solutions is a playbook for government and philanthropy to continue to build collaborative partnerships to collectively tackle the great challenges of our time. Based on lessons learned from the Sustainable Communities Initiative, this report provides guidance for philanthropy, local and regional governance bodies, and federal agencies seeking to work across borders for comprehensive solutions that pool strengths and leverage investments.
PAY FOR SUCCESS | In June 2016, HUD and the Department of Justice (DOJ) awarded $8.7 million to address homelessness and reduce recidivism among this justice-involved population through the Pay for Success model. Learn about Pay for Success and how IPI's Yennie Tse helped spearhead this innovative approach at HUD.
NEW WEBSITE | IPI launched a new website that aims to provide an improved user experience for our partners so that they can get the information they need, when they need it. Expect regular updates on the site, and we welcome your feedback via
Other News at HUD - In Case You Missed It 

DISASTER RECOVERY: HUD will speed federal disaster assistance to the States of North Carolina, Florida, and Georgia and provide support to homeowners and low-income renters forced from their homes due to Hurricane Matthew.
EMPLOYMENT: In an effort to help low-income public housing residents secure higher paying jobs and access to greater opportunity, HUD awarded $14 million to six public housing authorities (PHA) and their partners. HUD's Jobs-Plus Initiative Program is a proven model that helps public housing residents find and keep higher paying jobs by connecting them with employment opportunities, educational advancement and financial literacy services.
DIGITAL DIVIDE: In support of HUD’s ConnectHome initiative, AT&T is now a national partner. Over the next year, AT&T will host 30 events across 15 ConnectHome pilot communities. The events will help inform HUD-assisted households about Access from AT&T, a low-cost internet service.
HEALTH AND HOUSING: A study led by HUD and the Centers for Disease Control shows that federally assisted housing is associated with lower blood lead levels. According to the report, children living in federally supported housing have approximately 20 percent lower blood lead levels on average, than similar children in low-income families living in homes where there is no federal assistance.

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