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24 OCTOBER, 2023

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Proactive Policy Promotes Affordable Housing in Bloomington, Minnesota

In the Twin Cities suburb of Bloomington, Minnesota, developer Aeon acquired, with the aid of the city’s affordable housing trust fund, a 306-unit complex of naturally occurring affordable housing to update the units and preserve their affordability. The 18-acre site also allowed Aeon to create 172 new subsidized affordable housing units. These projects, Blooming Meadows South and Blooming Meadows North, demonstrate the importance of proactive policymaking in affordable housing preservation and creation.


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Distressed Cities and Persistent Poverty Technical Assistance Program Report

This report provides an overview of HUD’s initial years of managing the Distressed Cities and Persistent Poverty Technical Assistance Program, which aims to support economically challenged communities by strengthening the capabilities of their units of general local government and nonprofit collaborators. The program initially secured funding in fiscal year 2018 and continues to receive financial support from HUD’s Community Compass and Capacity Building Technical Assistance Program.




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PD&R is an exhibitor at the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) 2023 National Rural Housing Conference happening now from October 24–27 in Washington, D.C. Stop by the HUD User booth to check out some of the latest research from PD&R. In addition, PD&R General Deputy Assistant Secretary Todd Richardson will serve as an expert on a panel responding to the release of HAC’s Decennial Taking Stock report. This 2023 report edition comprehensively assesses rural housing, poverty conditions, and social, economic, and housing trends in the United States, providing unique insights into daily life in rural America through interactive, digital, and new media resources.

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On Thursday, November 16, 2023, PD&R will host a Quarterly Update event on cash assistance programs and housing. Across the country, cash assistance programs are pioneering a new assistance model for low-income households. More than a hundred programs, piloted across a range of communities, have provided direct payments to local participants. In this Quarterly Update, PD&R will bring together practitioners, government officials, researchers, and funders to discuss these programs and their impact on housing opportunities. Leaders of programs in Philadelphia (PHLHousing+) and Denver (Denver Basic Income Project) will share their experiences, including program design, partnership strategies, and research findings. Register to attend in person or virtually.


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