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  • November 2017

    International

    President Donald J. Trump's Summit Meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan

    President Donald J. Trump commenced his trip to Asia with a visit to Japan. During the visit, the President met with American and Japanese military service members, participated in bilateral meetings and social events with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, met their Majesties the Emperor and Empress, engaged Japanese and American business leaders, and met with the families of Japanese citizens abducted by the North Korean regime. The President congratulated Prime Minister Abe on his recent electoral victory and reaffirmed his desire to continue working closely with Japan.

    President Trump noted the memorandum of cooperation the United States and Japan signed this year to facilitate cooperation regarding the challenges associated with an aging population and housing market stability. This cooperation enables joint research on approaches to allow seniors to remain in their own homes and “age in place.”

    Read the full press release here.

  • August 2017

    International

    Global Cities and Affordable Housing: Hong Kong

    Most global cities experience challenges in providing affordable housing. For the second city in our series on affordable housing, we examine Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China. Hong Kong, with 7.3 million residents, has an independent economy and conducts its own commercial and international agreements. Its housing, however, is “severely unaffordable,” according to the 2017 Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey.

    Read more on The Edge, HUD’s online magazine from the Office of Policy Development and Research.

  • June 2017

    International

    Global Cities and Affordable Housing: Sydney

    Global cities are an agglomeration of worldwide business activity, cultural diversity, innovation, and vibrancy on a large scale. Many of these cities face growing housing affordability issues, and each city has its own path to remedying this problem. In a series of articles, we are going to observe how several global cities are tackling the issue of affordable housing.

    Sydney, the state capital of New South Wales (NSW) and Australia’s most populous city, is the nation’s economic capital and a global city. It is not, however, without its share of housing issues. As urbanization increases, Sydney’s headlines frequently read “Housing Out of Reach” and “The Death of the Australian Dream.”

    Read more on The Edge, HUD’s online magazine from the Office of Policy Development and Research.

  • April 2017

    Philanthropic

    Announcing the Winners of the 2017 Secretary’s Awards for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Council on Foundations (COF) announced the winners of the 2017 HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships.

    The awards were presented at the Council on Foundations Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas. They honor 10 innovative and impactful cross-sector initiatives that have increased the quality of life for low- and moderate-income Americans living in urban, suburban, and rural communities across the nation. These initiatives focus on solving a broad range of issues, from expanding affordable housing to promoting employment opportunities for students, reducing substance abuse among young people, and improving local infrastructure.

    “I want to congratulate each of our winners for their extraordinary efforts to bridge the gap between philanthropy, government, and nonprofits,” said HUD Secretary Ben Carson. “Today’s awards celebrate the power of partnership, and honor exceptional organizations that are laying a strong foundation for more Americans to succeed and thrive.”

    Read details about the ten winning partnerships here.

  • March 2017

    International

    The U.S. and Japan Partner to Research Aging in Place

    Japan’s current population is among the world’s oldest. The United States is experiencing a similar demographic shift: as the baby boomers age, the number of older adults is soaring and is expected to continue increasing dramatically.

    Housing will be a crucial linchpin in any plan to preserve a high quality of life for older adults. Housing affordability and accessibility, as well as the location of housing and the ability to integrate long-term care within the home or community, will determine how well this generation ages.

    The governments of Japan and the United States understand the importance of housing for older adults. For this reason, Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism (MLIT); HUD; and Ginnie Mae, a government-owned corporation within HUD, are leading a joint research partnership on aging in place. The Japan Housing Finance Agency and the Japan Urban Renaissance Agency have also joined the partnership in support of common goals.

    Read more about this partnership on HUD’s The Edge, an online magazine.

  • February 2017

    International

    Learning Exchange with South Korea


    A delegation from South Korea led by the Deputy Minister for Housing and Land visited HUD and Ginnie Mae on February 8th, 2017 for a learning exchange. Representatives from Ginnie Mae discussed private investment and affordable housing. HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research led a discussion on the U.S. housing market and government housing policy. A representative from HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development gave an overview of affordable housing programs in the United States.

  • February 2017

    International

    German - U.S. Cooperation: Working Together To Find New Solutions for Our Cities

    Each year, German policymakers and practitioners gather to discuss the most pertinent issues and advancements in urban development. This past September in Hannover, Germany, the 10th annual National Urban Development Conference focused on how government policies can best promote sustainable, inclusive growth in cities. The event emphasized strategies for creating better outcomes for vulnerable populations such as recent immigrants, racially diverse citizens, and other underrepresented groups. Despite Hannover’s distance from Washington, DC, the urban development challenges and opportunities facing both U.S. and German cities were strikingly similar, illustrating the importance of sharing best practices across borders.

    Read more on The Edge.

  • February 2017

    Philanthropic

    The Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships

    HUD’s Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation and The Council on Foundations launched the 2017 HUD Secretary’s Awards for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. The Council and HUD are seeking applications from foundations working with the public sector to improve the neighborhoods and quality of life for low- and moderate-income Americans. The winners of these prestigious HUD Secretary’s Awards will be presented at the Council’s 2017 Annual Conference in Dallas, Texas, in April.

    “We are pleased to be working with HUD's Office of International and Philanthropic Innovation again this year to recognize cross-sector collaborations between foundations and government,” said Council President and CEO Vikki Spruill. The Secretary’s Awards for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships recognize excellence in partnerships between philanthropy and government that have transformed the relationship between the sectors and led to measurable benefits in terms of increased economic development, employment, health, safety, education, disaster resilience, inclusivity and cultural opportunities, and/or housing access for low- and moderate-income families.

    Learn More About the Awards

    Apply Today

  • January 2017

    Philanthropic

    Ending Youth Homelessness through Cross-Sector Partnerships

    A stable home is critical to the development of children and young adults. When they spend their energy wondering where they’ll sleep and what to eat, it’s nearly impossible for them to focus on doing well in school and preparing for their future.

    On any given night, more than 45,000 unaccompanied youth and young adults experience homelessness. Yet, youth homelessness is often an invisible problem, as young people are often not in plain sight. Many don’t know where to go to ask for help and many communities lack dedicated youth services. Despite these limitations, philanthropy and federal partners have come together to commit to ending youth and young adult homelessness by 2020.

    To accomplish this goal, HUD and its federal partner agencies are joining with several philanthropic organizations, including the Raikes Foundation, to align investments and resources in order to ensure that homelessness among youth and young adults is rare and are brief occurrences.

    Read more on the HUDdle, HUD’s blog.

  • December 2016

    International

    HUD and Partners Looking Beyond Habitat III

    More than 30,000 people gathered in Quito, Ecuador, from October 17 to October 20, 2016, for Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development and the last major United Nations conference of the Obama administration. HUD’s Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI) recently returned from this inspiring and thought-provoking event, which happens once every 20 years, filled with enthusiasm for taking action to improve our cities and communities.

    Read more on The Edge about what comes next and how HUD is continuing to address urban challenges through the New Urban Agenda.

  • November 2016

    Domestic

    Learning from Innovative Community Efforts with the Prosperity Playbook Toolkit

    Katherine O’Regan, Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, discusses the Prosperity Playbook initiative and its significance in addressing inequality and access to opportunities in communities across the country. Through Prosperity Playbook, HUD positions itself as a new kind of federal partner in this work by supporting the objectives and actions of local leaders to address inequities in economic mobility, access to opportunity, and affordable housing. Read about how the Community of Practice and online toolkit are two ways in which HUD seeks to highlight and amplify these strategies as well as empower other leaders to take similar action.

    Full article available on The Edge.

  • October 2016

    Philanthropic

    Interview on Partnering with Philanthropy

    A new report, Scaling Solutions, examines the role philanthropy played in HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI). SCI was a conscious and dramatic shift toward a collaborative, “place-based” approach. Notably, philanthropy, working closely with the federal government, local governments, and community partners, contributed significantly to the success of the initiative.

    Based on 48 interviews with SCI grantees and their partners, Scaling Solutions serves as a playbook for activating cross-sector partnerships and improving collaboration within place-based initiatives. Natalie Robles, a communications specialist in the Office of Economic Resilience, led the creation of the report.

    Read the interview with Natalie Robles to learn more about best practices for government and philanthropy partnering together.

  • October 2016

    Domestic

    A Preview of The Prosperity Playbook

    The Prosperity Playbook is a HUD-sponsored online resource for local officials and planners that will launch in fall 2016. The Prosperity Playbook will serve as a repository of ideas, best practices, and case studies for fostering equitable and inclusive community growth.

    At this year’s Daniel Burnham Forum, two leaders participating in Prosperity Playbook, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and Kansas City Mayor Sly James, discussed access to opportunity and inclusive growth in their cities.

    Read more about the Prosperity Playbook initiative and the discussion at the Burnham Forum.

  • October 2016

    International

    Secretary Castro Addresses Habitat III

    Representing the U.S. Delegation, Secretary Castro delivered his remarks at the Habitat III Plenary Meeting in Quito, Ecuador. He discussed the New Urban Agenda and the United States’ approach to urban development over the next 20 years.

    Watch the video of his remarks here.

  • October 2016

    International

    Secretary Castro Outlines Three Ways to Build Cities of Promise

    HUD Secretary Castro is representing the U.S. Delegation in Quito, Ecuador for the United Nations Habitat III Convening. Read his Medium post about his plan for sustainable and inclusive urban development, which outlines three key ways we can address rapid urbanization and help build cities of promise.

  • October 2016

    International

    HUD releases the U.S. 20/20 Habitat III Report

    In preparation for the Habitat III Conference, HUD released The U.S. 20/20 Habitat III Report. The report outlines the agency’s work since the previous Habitat II conference 20 years ago, and reflects on the critical themes that will define the U.S. Habitat agenda for the next 20 years. The report focuses on three themes: promoting upward mobility for underserved Americans, expanding employment and educational resources and investing in community institutions. It is the result of nearly two years of significant consultations with federal, state and local partners whose diverse views were captured in the final report.

    Read the full press release.

  • September 2016

    Philanthropic

    Scaling Solutions: Strategies for Building Effective Philanthropy Partnerships

    When you think of natural partnerships, government and philanthropy may not be your first thought. In HUD’s new report, Scaling Solutions: A How-To Guide for Unleashing the Potential of Public-Philanthropic Partnerships, we work to turn those perceptions around. This guide describes the unique collaboration between philanthropy and government that emerged during HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative. On the local, regional, and national levels, philanthropies and the public sector are leveraging each other’s strengths to deliver results for communities and build projects together from the ground up.

    Read more on the HUDdle, HUD’s blog.

  • September 2016

    Announcement

    Introducing IPI Director Cynthia Campbell


    The Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation welcomes Cynthia Campbell as its new Director. Cynthia comes to HUD after 30 years in the U.S. Navy, including time working at the White House in the Bush and Obama administrations, followed by work at Fisher House Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Learn more about Cynthia and her vision for IPI.

  • August 3, 2016

    International

    PrepCom 3 Meeting Summary

    Salin Geevarghese, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Philanthropic Innovation at HUD, attended PrepCom3 in Surabaya, July 25-27. PrepCom 3 is the final meeting of Member States of the United Nations and members of specialized agencies of the Preparatory Committee for Habitat III prior to October’s conference. PrepCom3 was preceded by PrepComs 1 and 2 in New York and Nairobi, respectively. To learn more about PrepCom3, please visit their web site. There, you can read the latest draft of the New Urban Agenda and more about the proceedings.

  • July 20, 2016

    Domestic

    Comcast and HUD Collaborate to Provide Access to Broadband Services to HUD-Assisted Households

    Last week, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with Comcast, announced exciting new developments furthering the goals of ConnectHome. IPI continues to assist with this effort to narrow the digital divide for families with school-age children who live in HUD-assisted housing by engaging with philanthropy and sharing lessons from this innovative public-private collaboration. For information on ConnectHome and HUD’s partnership with Comcast, read the press release here.

  • July 15, 2016

    International

    IPI Co-Hosts Convening on Habitat III Efforts

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI), in partnership with the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, Citiscope, and the Wilson Center, co-hosted the fifth and final dialogue in a series of conversations designed to leverage Habitat III and relevant global conversations to elevate and inform discussion within the U.S. government policy community and about sustainable urban development and its important global implications. The final session, hosted at HUD headquarters in Washington, D.C. on Monday, July 11th, convened stakeholders from national non-profits, philanthropic foundations, private organizations and federal agencies for a discussion on the tools that will be necessary in implementing the New Urban Agenda in the United States after the Agenda is negotiated and released following this October’s Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador.

    Over 100 representatives joined in person and online to hear two panel discussions around two key tools that have come out in recent months as a way to guide governments in how they finance their cities and inform them on growth trends that have policy implications. Alex Blei, a research scholar in the New York University (NYU) Urban Expansion program, presented on his work on the Atlas of Urban Expansion, a framework he developed using satellite imagery and historical maps to document global urban expansion. The findings of his studies imply that many cities will grow in extent, significantly outpacing their development in density, and that most of this growth is unplanned. The Atlas of Urban Expansion takes a global framework, but many of the works’ findings have implications for cities like Baltimore and Detroit that have seen their central cities diminished while their metro areas have expanded.

    The second presenter, Lourdes Germán, the Director of International and Institute-Wide Initiatives at the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy, commented more extensively on the development of domestic cities, unveiling to the group a toolkit for municipalities to use in thinking about the way they finance various city-level projects. Using information compiled from Lincoln’s Fiscally Standardized City (FiSC) dataset, Census data, and Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) data, the toolkit establishes a municipal fiscal health scorecard that evaluates five key components across city financing: rules of governance, expenditures, revenues, borrowing, and financial management. The scorecard has the capability of being very powerful from a decision-making and comparative standpoint, as it provides cities with a wealth of data in order to make informed decisions and elucidates on the experiences of other cities using that data.

    Guests used these tools presented by NYU’s Urban Expansion program and the Lincoln Institute for Land Policy as a platform to discuss sustainability and inclusivity, two key goals that have emerged from conversations heading into Habitat III. For more information, you can watch the full web cast of the morning session featuring the presentations and discussions by Alex Blei and Lourdes Germán embedded below. IPI will be releasing a report from the National Committee’s meeting at a later date.

  • July 6, 2016

    International

    From Habitat II to Habitat III, An Interview with Ismael Guerrero

    Ismael Guerrero, Executive Director of the Denver Housing Authority (DHA), shares lessons learned from Habitat II and discusses priorities and expectations for the upcoming Habitat III conference to be held in October 2016.

    Read the interview here.

  • July 6, 2016

    Domestic

    $8.7 Million Awarded to Prevent and End Homelessness through a Pay for Success Model

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (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.

    The Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation led the inter-agency cooperation that made this housing demonstration possible, working closely with partners at HUD and DOJ, as well as experts from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Corporation for National and Community Service, the Office of Management and Budget, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, and the White House Office of Social Innovation.

    From the press release: “HUD's Pay for Success Permanent Supportive Housing Demonstration, tests cost-effective ways to help persons cycling between the criminal justice and homeless service systems. Funded by DOJ and implemented through a HUD/DOJ partnership, this demonstration advances a model that offers a new source of financing to expand permanent supportive housing for the reentry population. This is part of a broader Administration effort to reduce barriers facing justice-involved individuals who are trying to put their lives back on track, including barriers to housing. Read a White House fact sheet on these efforts.”

    See the grantees and read the entire press release here.

  • June, 2016

    Events

    Roundtable Invitation: After Quito: Implementation of the New Urban Agenda, July 11, 10-12

    June, 2016
    Please join the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and Citiscope for After Quito: Implementation of the New Urban Agenda, a roundtable discussion in a series of special dialogues organized by the U.S. Habitat III National Committee as part of national preparations for Habitat III. The event will be held on Monday, July 11, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development, Brooke Mondale Auditorium A & B, 451 7th Street S.W., Washington, D.C. 20410.

    A panel of experts will consider the policies, tools, and resources necessary for implementing, financing, and monitoring the New Urban Agenda. How can data and information about the dynamics of global urbanization be better connected to informed decision-making? How can cities overcome the barriers to raising revenue to support local sustainable development?

    Framing Remarks
    George W. “Mac” McCarthy, President and CEO, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

    Presentations
    Monitoring: Alex Blei, Research Scholar, New York University
    Financing: Lourdes Germán, Director, International and Institute-wide Initiatives, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

    Respondents
    Carey L. Biron, News Editor, Citiscope
    Solomon Greene, Senior Fellow, Urban Institute
    Amy Liu, Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
    Shelley Poticha, Director, Urban Solutions, Natural Resources Defense Council
    Frank Shafroth, Director, Center for State and Local Government Leadership, George Mason University
    Moderator: Armando Carbonell, Senior Fellow and Chair, Department of Planning and Urban Form, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy

    A light lunch will be served following the roundtable discussion.

    This event is being organized in coordination with the U.S. Habitat III National Committee, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the U.S. Department of State. The series is part of a formal and informal public dialogue leading to Habitat III, designed to exchange ideas on global urbanization, its significance for U.S. foreign and domestic policy priorities, and the strategic role of cities in solving global challenges.
    Please RSVP for the event here by Thursday, July 7, 2016.

  • June 13, 2016

    International

    Miami High School Students Participate in Design Chalet for Habitat III

    In advance of Building a Resilient South Florida, one of five regional convenings on Habitat III co-hosted by HUD in collaboration with civic, governmental, educational, and philanthropic partners, high school students from seven Miami-Dade County Magnet Schools participated in a design charrette on May 25th to reimagine their suburban neighborhoods in more resilient, age-friendly, and sustainable ways. Led by the Center for Urban and Community Design at the University of Miami, these students proposed ideas that could have real world impacts. A group of students will be selected to present their ideas to leaders during the June 13th Building a Resilient South Florida Convening.

    Learn more via coverage from the Miami Herald.

  • June 13, 2016

    International

    Fostering Innovation through Pay for Success, An Interview with Yennie Tse

    Innovating within the federal government takes focus, creativity, persistence, and flexibility. One key example of this was the Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation’s (IPI’s) work with Pay for Success (PFS) and the recently announced permanent supportive housing demonstration. IPI’s own Yennie Tse was a central figure in the early success of PFS, and below she shares the story of how this innovation took root at HUD.

    Read the interview at HUD’s online magazine, the Edge.

  • May 5, 2016

    Philanthropic

    HUD Leaders Speak at USC Social Change Conference

    The Sol Price Center for Social Innovation, located at the University of Southern California (USC), featured several current and former HUD leaders at the annual conference this year. Entitled “Activating Markets for Social Change,” the 2016 conference highlighted the impact of social innovation in marginalized urban communities and discussed innovative, cross-sector strategies and partnerships. Salin Geevarghese, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation, participated in a panel on comprehensive community initiatives and upward mobility. Erich Yost, Community Liaison for the Los Angeles Promise Zone, and Ray Brewer, HUD Field Office Director, shared their insights on the Promise Zone initiative in Los Angeles. Raphael Bostic, former Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, also spoke.

    For those that were not able to attend, a video of each session of the event is available on the USC Price YouTube channel.

    Welcome & Keynote
    Setting the Context: Population-level Change

    Panel 1
    Regional Tax Approaches

    Panel 2
    Pay for Success / Social Impact Bonds

    Panel 3
    Value-Capture

    Panel 4
    Comprehensive Community Initiatives

    Panel 5
    Human Capital: Connecting Communities to 21st Century Jobs

    Panel 6
    Promise Zones

    Panel 7
    Social Entrepreneurship and Social Change

    Panel 8
    Bringing it All Together

  • April 26, 2016

    International

    An Interview with Antonio Riley on the Midwest Regional Convening of UN Habitat III

    Learning from the City: The Midwest Regional Convening of UN Habitat III took place on March 31, 2016. It was the first of five regional Habitat III forums that HUD will co-host to engage local and regional practitioners across the country.

    As part of a series of interviews The Edge will be featuring on the Habitat III regional convenings, HUD Regional Administrator, Antonio Riley, shares his thoughts on the convening.

  • April 25, 2016

    Philanthropic

    Winners of the 2016 HUD Secretary's Award for Public-Philantropic Partnerships

    HUD and the Council on Foundations announced the 2016 winners of the HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. This award emphasizes cross-sector partnerships between the philanthropic and public sectors. The goal is to recognize the partnership process and its impact as a community strategy to increase the quality of life for low- and moderate-income residents across all American geographies — urban, suburban, and rural.

    Awards were given to place-based funders for completed or ongoing initiatives that are executed in partnership with a local, regional, or federal government agency. The winners are:

    Foundation

    Location

    Project Name

    The Montgomery County Foundation, Inc.

    Montgomery County, PA

    Your Way Home Montgomery County Express

    Boston Foundation

    Boston, MA

    Success Boston

    The Annie E. Casey Foundation

    Baltimore, MD

    Opportunity Collaborative

    Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation

    Ann Arbor, MI

    Washtenaw Coordinated Funders

    Communities Foundation of Texas

    Texas

    Educate Texas

    The Community Foundation of the New River Valley

    Southwestern, VA

    Aging in Place Leadership Team

    Seattle Foundation

    King County, WA

    Communities of Opportunity

    The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation

    Charleston, WV

    Investing in Our Communities: West Side of Charleston

    Toledo Community Foundation

    Toledo, OH

    Overland Initiative – Partners for Places

    Incourage

    Wisconsin Rapids, WI         

    Blueprints for Tomorrow

    To view the Council on Foundations’ video recognizing the recipients of the 2016 HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships, please click here.

  • March 18, 2016

    Philanthropic

    IPI Hosts HUD Place-Based Convening with Philanthropy

    Over the past several years, issues of equity and opportunity have been front and center in community development discussions and practice. Philanthropy, academia, and the public sector have been testing various place-based approaches, recognizing that social, economic, and health outcomes are all connected. Building on recent conversations led by philanthropy and academia and reflecting on recent place-based efforts, the Office of International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI) at the U.S. Department for Housing and Urban Development (HUD) convened philanthropic stakeholders for a workshop on December 2, 2015 to learn from and build on those efforts undertaken by philanthropy, research institutions, HUD, and other stakeholders.

    Participants shared lessons from place-based programs, provided feedback on HUD-led programs, and offered solutions for enhancing cross-sector collaboration and partnership to strengthen and scale effective programs to build strong, sustainable, and equitable communities.

    “Helping Communities Together,” a report by IPI that summarizes the event and the discussion is available here.

  • March 4, 2016

    Philanthropic

    Philanthropic Partners Launch “Successes of Philanthropy” Website

    Successes of Philanthropy, a new website from Washington Monthly and sponsored by a group of foundations, features weekly stories chronicling philanthropic engagement and innovations on a variety of issues in the United States. Covering such topics as resilient cities, homelessness, and neighborhood revitalization, the website serves as a platform for philanthropy to share successful initiatives that are making a difference in communities.

    Neill Coleman of the Rockefeller Foundation described the story of the Foundation’s collaboration with HUD on Rebuild by Design and the National Disaster Resilience Competition. Through this partnership, HUD and the Rockefeller Foundation leveraged resources and expertise to prioritize improving resilience in America’s cities affected by recent disasters.

    By publicizing stories like the collaboration between the Rockefeller Foundation and HUD, the Successes of Philanthropy website aims to elevate promising strategies and increase knowledge of how philanthropy is making a difference on these issues.

  • February 26, 2016

    Philanthropic

    Seizing New Opportunities and Partnerships: The Role of Philanthropy in Innovating HUD’s Resilience Work

    HUD is committed to making itself more friendly to partnerships, both to ensure the most efficient use of critical federal dollars and to help local stakeholders leverage the power of partnerships to create the most meaningful and effective impacts in their communities. Nowhere has that commitment been more evident than in HUD’s work on resilience.

    On January 21, 2016, HUD Secretary Julián Castro announced the winners of the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC), which makes nearly $1 billion available to communities that have been affected by natural disasters. Through NDRC, HUD will provide funding for resilient housing and infrastructure projects to 13 states and communities that were impacted by major disasters between 2011 and 2013. Much of what makes HUD’s resilience work successful has been the agency’s focus on partnerships with philanthropies.

    Read more about how Rebuild by Design and the National Disaster Resilience Competition represent opportunities for partners at all levels to leverage more than $2 billion for vulnerable communities.

  • February 4, 2016

    Philanthropic

    HUD Collaborates with AARP Foundation on Coordinated Research and Initiatives

    To address complex, societal problems, organizations must recognize the expertise of others and collaborate together on shared goals and strategies. That’s why AARP Foundation and HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research have signed a Memorandum of Understanding promoting coordinated research and initiatives to address the problem of inadequate, unaffordable housing for low-income older adults.

    Housing is the linchpin of well-being, yet for too many older adults that linchpin is threatening to come loose. Our population is aging rapidly and our nation’s housing supply is not prepared for this change. By 2030, the 50+ population will have increased by 20 percent, and one in five people will be 65 or older. A huge majority of those people want to age in place, growing older in the familiar surroundings of home.

    Read more about how HUD is partnering with AARP Foundation on The HUDdle, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Official Blog

  • January 16, 2016

    International

    Preparing for the United Nations Habitat III Conference

    Message from Deputy Assistant Secretary (DAS) Salin Geevarghese

    Habitat, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Urban Sustainability, is held every 20 years. It’s been more than a year since HUD and its partners began preparations for Habitat III, which will be held this October in Quito, Ecuador. In this article, DAS Salin Geevarghese discusses HUD’s approach to the planning process, updates readers on the work so far, and previews a number of upcoming events that HUD is cosponsoring.

    Read the full article on The Edge, the Office of Policy Development and Research’s online magazine.

  • January 8, 2016

    International

    Call for Abstracts for Habitat III Cityscape Articles

    Cityscape, HUD’s journal for original research on housing and community development topics, will feature a Symposium on Habitat III. The intent is to initiate a dialogue on Habitat III by featuring research that addresses the issues being discussed. Abstracts are due January 29, 2016; final papers will be due June 15, 2016.

    Please see the Call for Abstracts for more information.

  • January 6, 2016

    International

    Preparing Our Housing for the Transition to a Post-Baby Boom World: Reflections on Japan’s May 26, 2015 Vacant Housing Law

    Peter Manda
    Boston University School of Law

    Cityscape Cover Image
    For more than a decade, policymakers and planners around the United States have increasingly been making a concerted effort to address the needs of the retiring baby boomers, particularly in funding for health care, long-term social services, elder justice, and retirement security. The 2015 Japanese Special Measures Law to Further a Response to Vacant Housing provides local governments and municipalities in Japan with expansive powers to identify vacant homes and compel owners to repair or remediate them. The Japanese Vacant Housing Law asks us to consider more carefully (1) what will happen to housing when the baby boomers die, and (2) what measures can be taken to prevent an abandoned housing crisis of equal scale in the United States. This article reviews general demographic trends in the United States and Japan, provides a summary of the 2015 Japanese Vacant Housing Law, and recommends development of data to assist with policies in the United States that can better address, and possibly prevent, a potential exacerbation of vacant and abandoned housing related blight over the course of the next 45 years.

    To access the complete article in Cityscape Volume 17, Number 3, please click here.

  • June 10, 2015

    International

    HUD Announces Winners Of Innovation Of The Day

    WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) today announced the three local initiatives selected as winners in HUD’s Innovation of the Day Competition. The winning entries were chosen by their peers through an online ballot that allowed the public to vote for their favorite projects.

    “Congratulations to the teams who worked so hard to develop and implement an innovative solution to help solve an important issue in their communities,” said Katherine O’Regan, HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research. “These initiatives exemplify how creative solutions are being successfully applied to real-world challenges in community and economic development.”

    Click here for the press release

  • June 3, 2015

    International

    (Due date was June 11, 2015)
    Solicitation of Expressions of Interest
    Habitat III Policy Unit Technical Experts and Co-Leading Organizations

    The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will be held in Quito, Ecuador from October 17 - 20, 2016. As part of the preparatory process for this event, the Secretary-General of Habitat III is seeking technical experts to serve as members of ten policy units, as well as organizations to co-lead those policy units.

    Each policy unit will be composed of 20 technical experts, including participants from academia, government, civil society, and other regional and international bodies, ensuring diversity and geographical representation. Each policy unit will be co-led by two organizations.

    Policy units are charged with identifying challenges, policy priorities and critical issues, as well as developing action-oriented recommendations for implementing the New Urban Agenda. The issues discussed by each policy unit will serve as technical inputs for Member States’ consideration in the preparation of the Conference’s outcome document.

    A list and descriptions of the policy units can be found on the Habitat III website.

    HUD is soliciting expressions of interest from qualified technical experts, which it will then forward to Habitat III for consideration in its selection of appointments to the policy units.* Selection criteria are as follows:

    • Demonstrable Competence;
    • Geographical Balance; and,
    • Gender Balance.

    More information on the selection process can be found in Annex I (Selection Process and Criteria). Other information on serving as a technical expert, including duties and responsibilities, can be found in Annex II (Terms of Reference for Experts).

    All expressions of interest to serve as technical experts must contain:

    1) A complete curriculum vitae (CV) describing the candidate’s technical qualifications; and
    2) The policy unit or units on which the candidate wishes to serve.

    HUD is also soliciting expressions of interest from organizations wishing to co-lead the policy units.* Information on selection criteria for co-leading organizations can be found in the above-referenced Annex I and also in Annex III (Terms of Reference for Co-leading Organizations).

    All expressions of interest to serve as co-leading organizations must contain:

    1) A description of the organization addressing the criteria listed in Annex III ;
    2) The policy unit or units on that the organization proposes to co-lead; and,
    3) The name of and contact information (telephone and email) for the individual representing the organization.

    The Habitat III Secretariat will make all decisions regarding the appointment of technical experts to policy units and the selection of co-leading organizations. All expressions of interest must be forwarded to Leopold.E.Wetula@hud.gov at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development by close of business on Thursday, June 11, 2015.

    *Please note that the Secretary-General is also requesting nominations from accredited stakeholders, including UNECOSOC, Habitat II, and specially accredited organizations, which offers an alternate path for appointment as a technical expert or co-leading organization.

  • October 2014

    Philanthropic

    The Secretaries’ Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships 2014 Announced


    HUD, the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and the Council on Foundations are pleased announce the recipients of the Secretaries’ Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. Now in its third year, this award recognizes excellence in partnerships that have transformed relationships between foundations and government entities. These are partnerships that result in measurable benefits in terms of increased economic employment, health, safety, education, sustainability, inclusivity and cultural opportunities, and/or housing access for low and moderate income families.

    This awards program is part of an ongoing, formal partnership between HUD, USDA, and the Council, featuring partnerships across all American geographies — urban, suburban, and rural. The Secretaries’ Award winners were honored at the Council’s Fall Conference for Community Foundations in Cleveland, October 19-22, 2014. Please see the HUD press release.

    Information about the 2014 award recipients is now available at https://www.HUDUser.gov/portal/about/Pub_Phil_2014_Intro.html.

  • May 2014

    Announcement

    New Leadership in PD&R’s Innovation shop


    As the newest member of the Office of Policy Development and Research’s (PD&R’s) leadership team, I want to introduce myself to The Edge community and express how honored I am to advance the work of PD&R’s Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI) as its new Deputy Assistant Secretary.

    When Secretary Donovan asked me to lead the innovation team, I knew that I could not have asked for a better opportunity. I am thrilled to carry on the legacy of my predecessor, Ana Marie Argilagos, whose intelligence, creativity, and leadership helped found IPI’s office and the innovation team. As I begin my third week with IPI, I am evaluating every part of our title: the Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation. Read more on The Edge.

  • May 2014

    International

    Evaluating the First Year of U.S.-Germany City Exchange Program for HUD Grantees


    The German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) recently released a Report looking at the first year of the Dialogues for Change (D4C) initiative, an innovative, international peer-to-peer exchange network that engages city leaders in substantive and meaningful dialogue to find common solutions to shared community development challenges.

    Launched in 2012, D4C is part of a 2011 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between HUD and the German Ministry of Transport, Building, and Urban Development. The MOU, administered by PD&R’s Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI), authorizes collaboration around sustainable urban development, highlighting the shared interests of the U.S. Livability Principles and the Leipzig Charter on Sustainable European Cities. Under the MOU, the nonprofit organization GMF was selected to develop and coordinate the D4C initiative. Read more on The Edge.

  • May 2014

    Philanthropic

    The 2014 Secretaries’ Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships


    HUD is pleased to partner with the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Council on Foundations on our joint Secretaries’ Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. Now in its third year, this award recognizes excellence in partnerships that have transformed relationships between foundations and government entities. These are partnerships that result in measurable benefits in terms of increased economic employment, health, safety, education, sustainability, inclusivity and cultural opportunities, and/or housing access for low and moderate income families.

    This awards program is part of an ongoing, formal partnership between HUD, USDA, and the Council. This year, we are pleased that USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack will join HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to feature partnerships across all American geographies — urban, suburban, and rural. The Secretaries’ Award winners will be honored at the Council’s Fall Conference for Community Foundations in Cleveland October 19-22, 2014.

    The 2014 award application and details are now available at https://www.HUDUser.gov/secaward/cof. Applications are due on June 10, 2014.

  • April 2014

    International

    Addressing Inequality and Access to Opportunity at the World Urban Forum

    Harriet Tregoning, Director of HUD’s OER, Francisco Gaetani, Executive Secretary of Brazil’s Ministry of Environment, Junia Santa Rosa, Brazil’s Deputy National Secretary of Housing/Ministry of Cities, Amanda Olalquiaga, Ms. Santa Rosa’s Assistant, HUD’s Secretary Donovan and Larry Handerhan, Coordinator of IPI’s International Research and Initiatives.
    From April 6th through 9th, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan attended the UN’s World Urban Forum 7 in Medellín, Colombia. In many quarters, the World Urban Forum is seen as the most prominent global convening dedicated to urban issues. The Secretary served as Head of the U.S. Delegation and was accompanied by HUD senior staff members Harriet Tregoning (Director of the Office for Economic Resilience) and Salin Geevarghese (Deputy Assistant Secretary for International and Philanthropic Innovation). Secretary Donovan had several high-level public speaking engagements in which he discussed the challenges posed by inequality both domestically and abroad, as well as various mechanisms the global community can use to tackle these problems. He also held a series of Bilateral Meetings with his international counterparts and world leaders,  and participated in a Redevelopment Tour of Medellín, recently named the World’s Most Innovative City. More information on HUD’s role in this year’s World Urban Forum can be found here.

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  • February 2014

    International

    IPI Co-hosts a World Urban Forum 7 (WUF7) National Pre-Session Dialogue

    Panel on Public-Private Partnerships for Equitable Twenty-First Century Cities  with Jason Marczak, Deputy Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center, Atlantic Council (Moderator); Pamela Flaherty, President and Chief Executive Officer, Citi Foundation; Alonzo Fulgham, Vice President for Strategy and Sustainable International Development, CH2M HILL; and Ana Marie Argilagos, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (L to R).
    On February 4 in Washington, D.C, IPI co-hosted the first in a series of dialogues with the Atlantic Council, UN-Habitat, Next City, and other partners examining the role of innovation and partnership in equitable urban development policy. Subtitled “Steps to Build Resilient, Equitable Societies,” the event drew an audience of nearly 200 and was intended to prepare the U.S. audience for the World Urban Forum in Medellín, Colombia in April. Panelists conversed with stakeholders on how to support and spotlight innovation and exchanged lessons learned and best practices on the subjects of of “Public-Private Partnerships for Equitable 21st Century Cities” and “Harnessing Urban Innovation for Global Inclusive Development.” Watch the full discussion on webcast here.

    Subsequent events in the WUF7 National Pre-Session Dialog series took place in Philadelphia (February 24), Chicago, and New York (both on March 4).

    Sponsored by UN-Habitat, WUF is the most prominent global convening dedicated to urban issues. This theme of WUF7 was “Urban Equity in Development,” with a particular focus on how the design, governance, and infrastructure of cities are critical components in addressing poverty and inequality.

    Medellín’s reputation as a hub of urban innovation engendered a high level of interest in WUF7 among U.S. public, private, philanthropic, and NGO stakeholders. Housing Ministers and heads of state from around the world were among the attendees. You may also want to check out a brief summary of the WUF7 event on UN-Habitat’s website.

  • February 2014

    International

    IPI coordinates Secretary Donovan’s January trip to Chile

    Secretary Donovan and MINVU at reconstruction site.
    In early January, IPI coordinated Secretary Donovan’s January trip to Chile, which was highlighted in a Blog Post on HUD’s media channel, The HUDdle. The primary purpose of the Secretary’s visit was to identify lessons from Chile’s long-term disaster reconstruction efforts that may apply to Hurricane Sandy-impacted regions in the U.S. Staff-level Disaster Teams from HUD and the Chilean Ministry will follow up with a video exchange in February. The trip also coincided with the launch of Chile’s first rental housing subsidy program, which offers a flat monthly subsidy to young families that wish to temporarily rent rather than purchase a home. PD&R staff plans to monitor the performance of the rental subsidy program and discuss its relevance to U.S. housing policy (both HCVP and Rapid Re-Housing programming).


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  • January 2014

    International

    HUD Senior Advisor Participates in OECD Expert Workshop on Measuring Regional Well-Being

    OECD Logo for Better Life Initiative
    On January 23rd, Solomon Greene, Senior Advisor to HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research and Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation, presented at an expert workshop on “Measuring Regional and Local Well-Being for Policy Making,” hosted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). This workshop, held at the OECD headquarters in Paris, was part of the OECD’s “How’s Life in Your Region?” project, which was launched last year to develop a conceptual framework for measuring well-being in cities and regions. Participants in the workshop discussed the analytical framework emerging from a recent draft report prepared by the OECD on measuring well-being that proposes a set of internationally comparable well-being indicators and provides guidance to policymakers for using these indicators to improve policy results. During a presentation to the international urban policy experts gathered at the workshop, Greene shared models of measuring regional well-being that are being developed through the U.S. Partnership for Sustainable Communities, as well as lessons learned from HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative.

    More information on the OECD “How’s Life in Your Region?” project can be found here: http://www.oecd.org/regional/how-is-life-in-your-region.htm

    The agenda for the OECD expert workshop on “Measuring Regional and Local Well-Being for Policy Making” can be found here: http://www.oecd.org/gov/regional-policy/workshop-agenda.pdf;

    More information on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities can be found here: http://www.sustainablecommunities.gov; and

    More information on the HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative can be found here: http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/hudprograms/sci

  • January 2014

    Domestic

    Pay for Success Around Permanent Supportive Housing with the Re-Entry Population

    The Department of Justice’s FY14 appropriations bill includes up to $5 million under the Second Chance Act for Pay for Success (PFS) programs to implement a permanent supportive housing model for the re-entry population. HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research and Office of Public and Indian Housing are collaborating with DOJ on approaches to pilot this Pay for Success program. Extensive research demonstrates that there is a small but very costly cohort of people who consume extremely high levels of crisis public services. This cohort includes individuals caught in a revolving door of incarceration, homelessness, and crisis healthcare. The PFS program, a new model of financing social service programs to help federal, state and local governments, seeks to demonstrate that investments in stable housing and services for “frequent users” (of jails, shelters, and emergency rooms) are more effective than back-end spending on emergency rooms, jails, and homeless shelters.

  • December 2013

    International

    International Gathering of Mayors and Ministers Compare Strategies on Community and Economic Development

    OECD’s 5th Urban Roundtable
    Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones and IPI Deputy Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Argilagos participated in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Fifth Urban Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers. Secretary Donovan co-hosted the last Urban Roundtable in Chicago in 2012. These meetings deepened and continued HUD’s engagement with OECD in the context of policy exchanges that seek to improve domestic policy, with a particular emphasis on resilience, better metropolitan governance, and governance efficiency. While significant discussion centered on bridging local and national policies, the event also served as an opportunity for HUD to further advise on OECD’s Inclusive Growth strategy. In turn, HUD has come away with valuable lessons learned from OECD’s critical policy analysis, which seeks to mobilize effective public investment strategies, strengthen capacities, and forge more innovative public-private partnerships.

    Deputy Secretary Jones was also invited to the Third Ministerial Meeting of the Territorial Development and Policy Committee (TDPC), which was held in tandem with the Urban Roundtable. The TDPC focused on “Regions and Cities: Where Policies and People Meet.” The Deputy Secretary used the opportunity to discuss HUD’s place-based initiatives; SCI, SC2, Choice Neighborhoods, and our latest initiative, Promise Zones. The OECD marked the occasion by launching two important new publications: “Regions at Glance 2013” and “Investing Together: Working Effectively Across Levels of Government.” The latter report based one of its case studies on HUD’s SC2 initiative.

    Deputy Secretary Jones and DAS Argilagos held eight bilateral meetings with counterparts from around the world. The in-depth meetings helped forge a new relationship with Mexico, and deepened our already productive exchanges with Germany, Japan, Chile, Korea, and the Netherlands.

  • November 2013

    International

    Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) visits HUD

    CMHC meets with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Native American Programs, Rodger Boyd, and Thomas C. Wright, Director of Office of Loan Guarantee
    IPI hosted a delegation from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) led by Director of Strategic Policy Coordination Jeannie Dempster. CMHC and IPI are working to strengthen ties between our agencies and to advise one another on innovative ways to advance our respective domestic policies. During their two-day visit, CMHC staff met with key HUD program staff to exchange ideas and policies around retrofit and rehab of public housing, housing for aging populations, aboriginal housing initiatives, and housing finance. HUD staff also learned about CMHC’s recent initiative to connect workforce training with public housing redevelopment. IPI will continue to communicate with CMHC to share best practices and coordinate involvement in global convenings.

  • November 2013

    Philanthropic

    Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones keynotes the National Philanthropy Day in Norfolk, VA

    Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones keynotes the National Philanthropy Day in Norfolk, VA
    Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones delivered the keynote speech at National Philanthropy Day in Norfolk, VA, an event held by the Hampton Roads Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). The Deputy Secretary discussed with philanthropic leaders HUD’s priorities, including Strong Cities Strong Communities (SC2), resilience, sustainability, and innovative solutions to housing and community development challenges. The Deputy Secretary stressed the importance of HUD’s approach to public-private and public-philanthropic partnerships.

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  • November 2013

    International

    Secretary Shaun Donovan discusses Global Urban Challenges in Chicago

    Secretary Donovan was the keynote speaker at the “Global Urban Challenges: The Role of Research Universities” conference in Chicago this past November. The international convening was sponsored by the University of Chicago and The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, where an international audience of urban planning faculty and scholars gathered to discuss “the role of the research university in better understanding current and future urban issues — particularly urban health, urban education, and urban planning — and in translating research findings into improved urban policy and institutions.” A summary of the conference’s plenary and working group sessions can be found here.

  • September 2013

    Domestic

    Secretary Shaun Donovan speaks at the National Academy of Sciences on Building Resilience to Catastrophic Risks

    Secretary Donovan delivered the keynote address on “Building Resilience to Catastrophic Risks through Public-Private Partnerships,” a joint program held by the National Academies and the World Economic Forum (WEF). WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Catastrophic Risks, examines innovative ways to manage risks and improve resilience. As a member of the Council, Secretary Donovan discussed a number of President Obama’s priorities on climate change and private-public partnerships. The Secretary emphasized activities relating to the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and the launch of Rebuild By Design; a multi-stage regional design competition created to develop innovative projects that protect and enhance Sandy-affected communities.

    This meeting also served as an opportunity for Secretary Donovan to exchange policy ideas with the Chilean Minister of Housing and Urban Development, Rodrigo Pérez Mackenna, who oversaw reconstruction efforts after the 2010 earthquake, Ed Martinez, President of the UPS Foundation, and the leadership of the National Academies. View interviews with resilience partners, including Secretary Donovan here.

  • September 2013

    International

    Secretary Donovan and Dutch counterpart keynote the H209 Forum: Water Challenges for Coastal Cities

    Secretary Donovan and Melanie Schultz, the Netherlands’ Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, delivered keynote speeches and participated in a discussion before the H209 Forum: Water Challenges for Coastal Cities which focused on:

    • Adaptation to climate change and how to keep New York, New Jersey, and the Netherlands safe and resilient;
    • The economics and governance of water; and
    • Innovative water technologies.

    Donovan discussed integrated approaches to disaster mitigation, recovery and adaptation, governance issues, and various collaborative approaches, highlighting HUD’s work on the Hurricane Sandy Taskforce.

    The conference was organized by the Henry Hudson 500 foundation in partnership with Regional Plan Association, the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, Netherlands Water Partnership, and the Center for Urban Real Estate – Columbia University. The forum brought together over 300 participants from the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), policymakers, engineers, academics, and architects.

  • September 2013

    Philanthropic

    Secretary Shaun Donovan announces the 2013 winners of the Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships

    The Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships

    Secretary Donovan announced the 2013 winners of the HUD Secretary’s Award for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships at the Council on Foundations’ Community Foundations Conference in San Diego. Ten funders from around the country were recognized for their outstanding partnerships with the public sector to improve housing and neighborhoods; education, health and recreation; transportation, community participation, arts and culture; and public safety, sustainability, and economic development. HUD and the Council on Foundations annually recognize place-based funders for their initiatives that are accomplished in partnership with a local, regional, or federal government agency.

    Donovan also spoke about the critical role that community foundations play in improving people’s lives, highlighting the ways that HUD will work with community foundations to address the challenges ahead.

  • June 2013

    International

    Philanthropy partners with HUD to launch an international design competition for the Hurricane Sandy-affected region

    On June 20, 2013, Secretary Donovan, who chairs the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and the Rockefeller Foundation, launched Rebuild by Design, a multi-stage regional design competition that will develop innovative projects to protect and enhance Sandy-affected communities.

    Over 140 prospective teams from more than 15 countries submitted proposals, representing some of the top engineering, architecture, design, landscape architecture, and planning firms, as well as research institutes and universities, worldwide. Thanks to the generous support of the Rockefeller Foundation and JPB Foundation, as well as the New Jersey Recovery Fund and the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, along with other philanthropic partners, ten Design Teams are participating in an intense eight-month process broken out into two distinct stages: analysis and design.

    These Design Opportunities follow three months of in-depth analysis and public outreach, including both one-on-one conversation with people living in affected areas and robust guided conversation with design teams and citizens. Ten Design Opportunities were selected to be developed in partnership with a diverse range of stakeholders in the coming months. Find out about each of them here.

  • March 2013

    International

    Secretary Donovan Participates in the World Economic Forum
    Secretary addresses global conference on Designing Smart Cities and the Future of Urban Development

    President Obama, Secretary Donovan and mayors of SC2 cities participate in a White House convening on the interagency program.Secretary Shaun Donovan and Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy, Director, IPI, participated in the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. WEF is an international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas, during which the Secretary spoke on “Designing Smart Cities” and the “Future of Urban Development.” Engagement with WEF will assist HUD in innovation transfer and finding best available evidence and lessons for policy development and dissemination by learning from counterparts around the globe.

    Secretary Donovan then met with Professor Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF) to discuss ways in which the WEF and HUD can collaborate. Mr. Schwab and the Secretary agreed to collaborate on exploring climate change/adaptation, energy efficiency, housing finance, and innovative financing mechanisms. HUD is also planning to engage on WEF’s Global Agenda Councils.

  • March 2013

    International

    Lessons from the Netherlands: Secretary Donovan Signs Agreement for Exchange with the Netherlands’ Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment

    Secretary Shaun Donovan Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Melanie Schultz, Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Kingdom of the Netherlands on March 4, 2013.
    Secretary Shaun Donovan and Melanie Schultz van Haegen, Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment for the Netherlands, met and signed an agreement pledging closer cooperation between our two countries on issues related to disaster mitigation, sustainable and integrated planning, and water management infrastructure. Watch the signing ceremony on HUD’s YouTube channel. The HUD-Dutch Memorandum of Understanding lays out certain areas of cooperation over the next five years including:

    • Creating new community development strategies that place a premium on sustainability and ‘livability’ principles;
    • Pursuing infrastructure and water management strategies and climate resilience and preparedness, including new approaches to flood protection systems and ‘building with nature;’ and
    • Leveraging private and philanthropic investments to maximize public investments in urban development and long-term disaster mitigation.

    Read the Memorandum of Understanding here.
    Watch the video of the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding here.
    To launch this cooperation, IPI facilitated a roundtable in New York, NY at HUD Region II offices between Dutch and U.S. participants involved in disaster planning, recovery, and mitigation to discuss with the Minister how lessons from the Dutch can guide our rebuilding work in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Representatives from government, regional planning, philanthropy, private sector and academia contributed to the conversation and defined next steps. Minister Schultz and her delegation also participated in site visits of Newark, Jersey City, and Hoboken, New Jersey, meeting with local officials and touring affected areas.

  • March 2013

    International

    Pacific Rim Council on Urban Development (PCRUD) Forum

    Deputy Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Argilagos participated in the Pacific Rim Council on Urban Development (PCRUD) conference hosted by the National Housing Authority of Thailand. Argilagos represented HUD to deepen knowledge exchange among the United States and its Asian and European partners and to lift up best practices on regional land use and sustainable development; public-private partnerships and cross sector collaboration; resilience and mitigation efforts to combat impacts of climate change; transit-oriented development; and housing finance and affordability.

  • February 2013

    International

    Director General of Spatial Planning for the Netherlands Exchanges Disaster Mitigation Practices with Secretary Donovan and the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force

    Secretary Shaun Donovan discusses post-Hurricane Sandy disaster mitigation and recovery efforts with Henk Ovink, Director General of Spatial Planning, Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment, Kingdom of the Netherlands in February 2013.
    IPI, in collaboration with the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, coordinated a three-day learning event with Henk Ovink, Director General of Spatial Planning, Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment, Kingdom of the Netherlands. Mr. Ovink participated in discussions with Secretary Shaun Donovan to benefit the newly formed Task Force and to advise HUD on disaster mitigation and recovery best practices with recommendations on integrated approaches to disaster mitigation, recovery and adaptation. Mr. Ovink also toured affected sites in New York City and met with Task Force and HUD staff to discuss specific issues regarding infrastructure, community development, and the Dutch experience in disaster mitigation.

  • January 2013

    Philanthropic

    Deputy Assistant Secretary Argilagos Speaks on Philanthropy and Government at the University of Southern California

    Ana Marie Argilagos, Deputy Assistant Secretary, IPI, spoke at the University of Southern California on “Philanthropy: Imagination, Innovation, and Impact,” focusing on the potential for philanthropy and government to support diffusion and scaling to achieve greater impact. Argilagos evaluated the potential for HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research to surface and highlight best practices in communities and offer tools for funders looking to adapt those models in their own place-based strategies. Argilagos also highlighted the Pay for Success model and the Strong Cities Strong Communities initiative to identify ways in which HUD is looking to both scale up best practices at the federal level and diffuse models to other place-based funders.

  • January 2013

    International

    “Dialogues for Change,” Workshop with Germany
    IPI works with German and U.S. municipal officials on civic engagement

    In coordination with HUD’s Declaration of Intent with the German Ministry of Transport, Building, and Urban Development that was signed in 2012, IPI co-hosted a transatlantic city learning exchange with the Ministry and the German Marshall Fund of the United States. The three-day workshop focused on civic engagement best practices and featured representatives from three U.S. cities (Austin, Flint, and Memphis) and three German Cities (Bottrop, Ludwigsburg, and Leipzig,) to figure out how to incorporate inclusion and equity in the civic engagement process, how to design successful and sustainable processes, and how to adapt tactical and web tools for the U.S and German urban context.

  • January 2013

    Domestic

    IPI Formalizes Collaboration with Harvard’s Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI)

    A Memorandum of Understanding has been created with the Hauser Center at Harvard University’s Initiative for Responsible Investment (IRI) to collaborate on research and develop case studies on mobilizing and deploying private investment for sustainable cities, and the public policies that enable these public-private partnerships. The effort enlivens IPI’s partnerships with the Brazil and Germany, as IRI will develop comparative case studies of cities within each country covering themes including transit-oriented development, equity, energy infrastructure, affordable housing, and community development institutions. IRI and HUD will also examine private investment opportunities for HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative grantees.

  • December 2012

    Domestic

    HUD Awards Nearly $109 Million to Four Communities to Revitalize Housing, Surrounding Neighborhoods

    Secretary Shaun Donovan announced on 12/13/12 that four communities will receive a combined $108.9 million to redevelop distressed housing and bring comprehensive neighborhood revitalization to blighted areas.

    HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative (Choice) will help transform distressed communities in Cincinnati, Ohio; San Antonio, Tex.; Seattle, Wash.; and Tampa, Fla. This landmark initiative promotes a comprehensive approach to transforming areas of concentrated poverty into viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhoods. The $108.9 million federal investment of Choice Neighborhoods has generated $393 million in private investments and commitments from local jurisdictions and partners, a more than 300 percent leveraging.

    “HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative supports local visions for how to transform high-poverty, distressed communities into neighborhoods of opportunity,” said Donovan. “We’re emphasizing a comprehensive approach to revitalizing neighborhoods by considering the totality of a community with regard to health, safety, education, jobs and quality housing in mixed-income neighborhoods.”

    Links to the grantee neighborhood maps are posted below. These grantees along with all other past Choice Neighborhoods grantees can also be reviewed and analyzed at https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2012/HUDNo.12-193.

    Cincinnati
    San Antonio
    Seattle
    Tampa

  • October 2012

    Domestic

    Hud Awards Nearly $5 Million to Spur Next Generation of Housing, Neighborhood Transformation
    17 communities to execute grassroots efforts to revitalize housing, communities

    U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan announced today that 17 communities across the U.S. will receive Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants. The $4.95 million awarded today provides these communities the resources they need to craft comprehensive, community-driven plans to revitalize public or other HUD-assisted housing and transform distressed neighborhoods. Read more about these local planning efforts and see links to the neighborhood maps below. These grantees along with all other past Choice Neighborhoods grantees can also be reviewed and analyzed at https://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2012/HUDNo.12-193.

    “While many of these grantees have already collaborated to get to this stage, this funding enables them to take their initial discussions further to plan out strategies to build stronger, more sustainable communities that will address distressed housing, failing schools, rampant crime, and all that plagues the nation’s poor neighborhoods,” said Donovan. “HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative represents the next generation in a movement toward revitalizing entire neighborhoods to improve the lives of the residents who live there.”

    HUD’s Choice Neighborhoods Initiative promotes a comprehensive approach to transforming distressed areas of concentrated poverty into viable and sustainable mixed-income neighborhoods. Building on the successes of HUD’s HOPE VI Program, Choice Neighborhoods links housing improvements with necessary services for the people who live there – including schools, public transit and employment opportunities.

    Newark Housing Authority
    The Michaels Development Company I, L.P.
    County of Pasco
    Housing Authority of the City of Austin
    Sunnydale Development Co., LLC
    BRIDGE Housing Corporation
    District of Columbia Housing Authority
    Housing Authority of the City of Camden
    Housing Authority of the City of Columbia
    Kingsport Housing & Redevelopment Authority
    Municipal Housing Authority for the City of Yonkers
    The Woonsocket Neighborhood Dev. Corp. d/b/a NeighborWorks B
    The City of Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority
    New York City Housing Authority
    Boston Housing Authority
    Housing Authority of the City of Spartanburg
    The Housing Authority of the City of Durham

  • September 2012

    Philanthropic

    Secretary Donovan Discusses Top Philanthropic Partnering Opportunities

    During the summer, the Secretary offered philanthropy guidance about what he felt were some of the most strategic opportunities for philanthropy to collaborate with HUD. During a series of three Secretary’s Briefing Calls focusing on Choice Neighborhoods; Strong Cities, Strong Communities; and Sustainable Housing and Communities, the Secretary outlined specific ways that the philanthropic community could partner at a national or local level, build on or leverage HUD’s investments, or advance the field of practice. The Office of International and Philanthropic Innovation is available to answer questions about these priorities and help coordinate efforts.

  • September 2012

    Philanthropic

    Winners for the First Secretary’s Award for Community Foundations Announced

    We are excited to announce the winners of the inaugural Secretary’s Award for Community Foundations. These ten community foundations were honored by the Council on Foundations CEO Vikki Spruill and HUD Deputy Secretary Maurice Jones on Sept. 10th at the Council’s conference in New Orleans. A jury selected one community foundation from each of HUD’s 10 regions. Awards were given to community foundations for excellence in completed or ongoing initiatives that are executed in partnership with a local, regional, or federal government agency. We hope you’ll take a moment to check out the winners on the award site where you can download a one-page profile on each of the outstanding public-philanthropic partnerships.

  • September 2012

    International

    Urban Regeneration and Compact City Policies with HUD Collaboration in Asia

    IPI attended a joint Korean Ministry of Land Transport and maritime Affairs (MLTM) and Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) conference on Urban Regeneration and Compact City. IPI presented on HUD’s Sustainable Community Partnership, SC2, public housing, and Asia city case studies. The panel also included UK Professor Michael Parkinson, who presented European policy approaches on urban regeneration, Prof. Ja-hoon Koo of Hanyang University, who focused on TOD, and Tadashi Matsmoto of OECD and others who presented the compact city policy from environmental incentives, Japanese examples, and European perspectives.

  • September 2012

    Philanthropic

    Gates Foundation and Funders Together collaborate to End Homelessness

    IPI hosted the next event in the Meet the Funder series with David Wertheimer from Gates Foundations and Anne Miskey of Funders Together. David discussed how Gates’ priorities have evolved and how the Foundation has shaped their thinking on what “ending” homelessness means with some meaningful indicators to measure. David also shared some innovative stories on what the Takoma Housing Authority is doing to encourage rapid rehousing and connect the public housing authority with the school systems, thanks in large part to the flexibility of being a Moving To Work site. Miskey explained how affinity groups can cover the “gaps” in philanthropy’s strengths and weaknesses, and how Funders Together has worked closely with federal agencies recently.

  • September 2012

    International

    France’s Ministry of Ecology, Energy, and Sustainable Development Exchanges with HUD

    IPI hosted a learning exchange with representatives from France’s Ministry of Ecology, Energy, and Sustainable Development. Representatives from Policy Development & Research, Healthy Homes, and Sustainable Communities participated to exchange information on energy efficient building, indoor air quality, and sustainable communities. Patricia Blanc, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Health and Environment of France explained how her team has attempted to improve the energy efficiency of buildings while improving indoor air quality through four initiatives: 1) addressing air quality issues in public schools, 2) placement of a chemical emission rating system on household products, 3) banning commercial products harmful to citizens, 4) development of targets and regulations to improve energy efficiency. A brochure on France’s Health-Environment Action Plan (in English) can be found here. The meeting led to a commitment to follow-up on sharing retro-fit return on investment figures, protocols/checklists for auditing/assessing an existing building's performance on sustainability, air quality or environmental impact criteria, specific results of products tested and which have been certified/denied for use in France, and HUD’s experience with developing environmental justice programs and policies.

  • September 2012

    International

    World Urban Forum VI: Wrapping up the Pre-Naples Dialogue

    On August 15 at the National Building Museum, HUD/IPI, UN Habitat, and the National Building Museum, with support from the Ford Foundation, hosted the Wrap-Up session to the Nearing Naples series in anticipation of the upcoming World Urban Forum (WUF) VI, UN Habitat’s biannual conference on “Rethinking Urban Planning and the Future of Cities.” Heidi Crebo-Rediker, Chief Economist with the U.S. Department of State, who led the U.S. delegation to WUF VI in Naples, opened the session with an address to the audience. Her speech centered on the idea of government working with the private sector to create public-private partnership to address social and fiscal issues. Following her introduction, Neal Peirce, Chairman, the Citistates Group, moderated a panel discussion which included Erika C. Poethig, Acting Assistant Secretary, Policy Development and Research (PD&R), HUD; Christopher Williams, Director of the Washington Office, UN-Habitat; Steven Feldstein, Director, Office of Policy in the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning, USAID; and John Moon, Program Specialist, Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, U.S. Department of the Treasury. The panelist discussed potential lessons that legacy cities could borrow from international cities, identifying indicators other than population growth to gauge the success of cities and region, the type of programmatic initiatives that the US can support to promote sustainable urban development in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, and ways the U.S. can leverage and best integrate global health, food security, resilience and other development areas to support the urban agenda.

  • August 2012

    Philanthropic

    Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Demonstration Program Funders Call

    In August, IPI hosted a 811 PRA Demonstration funders call with philanthropy. The demo is a central part of the Department's effort to utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life. The program will award rental assistance funds to state housing agencies (or other appropriate entities) that have formed partnerships with state Medicaid and health and human services agencies that have developed methods for identifying, referring, and conducting outreach to a target population of extremely low-income persons with disabilities requiring long term services and supports. Opportunities for funder involvement include capacity building at the agency and ground levels as well as program evaluation and public outreach.

  • June 2012

    Domestic

    HUD Announces New Research Partnerships

    The Office of Policy Development is excited to announce PD&R’s Research Partnerships, a new platform for HUD to engage with researchers, philanthropy, and other organizations leading innovative housing and community development research. Through PD&R’s newly-enacted non-competitive cooperative agreement authority, the agency can participate in research projects that are developed and led by outside individuals and organizations. Unlike competitive NOFAs and procurements, this authority allows PD&R to partner in research projects that were not designed by HUD and which HUD has not solicited. Research proposals may be submitted to PD&R at any time and must demonstrate evidence that at least 50 percent of the project is funded by philanthropic or other government entities. In 2012, PD&R is focusing its involvement in research partnerships on projects that advance one of four research priorities: 1) gleaning knowledge from HUD demonstrations, 2) better understanding how housing is a platform that improves a person’s quality of life, 3) increasing use of American Housing Survey data, and 4) making improvements to the state of housing technology. Information about PD&R’s Research Partnerships is now posted on HUDUSER. Questions may be directed by email to ResearchPartnerships@hud.gov.

  • June 2012

    Domestic

    Living Cities Presents its Integration Initiative and Transit-Oriented Development Work

    For its Meet the Funder, Know the Work series, IPI hosted a visit with Robin Hacke and Carmen Rojas from Living Cities. Living Cities is an innovative collaborative of 22 of the world’s largest foundations and financial institutions. Living Cities’ work aligns closely with several of HUD’s place-based initiatives including Sustainable Housing and Communities. Living Cities’ Integration Initiative also shares two sites in common with the SC2 initiative—Cleveland and Detroit. In nearly 20 years Living Cities members have collectively invested almost $1 billion to re-engineer long-broken public systems such as education, workforce development and transportation for the 21st century. Please find more information about how Living Cities puts capital to work at : The Capital Absorption Capacity of Places: A Research Agenda & Framework.

  • June 2012

    International

    OECD Releases Publication "Redefining Urban: A New Way to Measure Metropolitan Areas"

    This publication compares urbanization trends in OECD countries on the basis of a newly defined methodology which helps cross-country comparison of the socio-economic and environmental performance of metropolitan areas in OECD countries. The methodology, developed by the OECD in collaboration with the EC-Eurostat, is presented and results from its application to 28 OECD countries are discussed together with policy implication both on national growth and governance of cities. The publication includes three original papers that present the urbanization dynamics and prospects in China and South Africa and the governance challenges resulting from the new policy agenda on cities in the United Kingdom. The publication is available from OECD’s website.

  • May 2012

    Domestic

    IPI Presents at Mission Investors Exchange Annual Conference

    Staff from HUD’s Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation participated in Mission Investors Exchange—which unites the organizations PRI Makers and More for Mission. IPI shared how philanthropic organizations and other funders are working to leverage and align with public funds at the local and national level to optimize capital and impact. The conference looked at opportunities to use debt and equity structures at market- and below-market rates to achieve mission-related goals in across a broad set of programs. Preservation of affordable housing, for example, is an area of great interest to social investors. IPI’s forthcoming in-house research on HUD as an investor will highlight case studies of other examples in which HUD funds are used within larger mission-related investing structures.

  • May 2012

    Philanthropic

    Rental Assistance Demonstration Funders Briefing

    The Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) is a central part of the Department's rental housing preservation strategy. Authorized by the Congress last year, RAD provides the opportunity for Public Housing Authorities and owners to voluntarily convert the assistance of public housing and other vulnerable HUD-assisted properties to long-term, project-based Section 8 rental assistance contracts. During this funders-only call, HUD’s RAD team provided background on the goals and purpose of the demonstration, an update on where it stands currently – including plans for resident engagement, technical assistance, and a RAD evaluation – and opportunities for philanthropic engagement.

  • May 2012

    International

    Latin American Municipal Leaders Visit HUD

    IPI hosted a delegation of municipal officials from across Central America through the Department of State’s International Visitors Leadership Program to discuss sustainable urban development. The delegation included officials from cities large and small and from municipal utility authorities in Bolivia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Venezuela. HUD researchers discussed with the delegation various challenges they’re facing to developing sustainable communities and innovative ways to move forward. HUD representatives shared best practices around sustainable housing and communities and the Partnership for Sustainable Communities’ Livability Principles. IPI plans to continue working with the delegation to lift up new and innovative ideas in Latin America.

  • May 2012

    International

    Nearing Naples Summer Dialogue: Rethinking Urban Planning and the Future of Cities

    On May 24 at the National Building Museum, UN Habitat with its partners, HUD/IPI, Habitat for Humanity International, and the National Building Museum, with support from the Ford Foundation, hosted the first in a summer series of dialogues in advance of the World Urban Forum (WUF) VI, UN Habitat’s biannual conference on “Rethinking Urban Planning and the Future of Cities.” Participants and presenters included the American Planning Association, International Youth Foundation, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, World Bank, and the District of Columbia Office of Planning. Attendees discussed the myriad of challenges and opportunities facing the future of cities in the developed and developing world. Exploring ideas including how to conduct comparative analysis between lessons from the past and future challenges, the panelists debated how to integrate planning in informal settlements, how to provide all citizens with quality of place and how to incentivize and encourage public participation, innovation, and solutions for the future. The next dialogue, focused on “Equity and Prosperity” will take place on June 18 at the National Building Museum.

  • March 26, 2012

    International

    HUD-South Africa-NAHRO International Exchange

    On March 26, 2012, IPI welcomed a delegation of South African Housing & National Association of Housing and Redevelopment (NAHRO) Officials to HUD, including Humphrey Mmemezi, Minister of the Executive Council (MEC) of Local Government & Housing in the Gauteng Province (includes Johannesburg and Pretoria). The delegation discussed housing and community development issues that are consequence of increasing rural-urban migration in South Africa, as well as opportunities for knowledge-sharing and learning exchanges. The delegation highlighted their joint concern over the provision of quality affordable rental housing for historically disadvantaged populations. John Hopkins, CEO of the Southern African Housing Foundation (SAHF), also invited Deputy Assistant Secretary Argilagos to participate in their International Conference and Exhibition, focusing on "Building Capacity for Delivery” in Capetown in September 2012.

  • March 16, 2012

    Philanthropic

    Meet the Funder: Solomon Greene, Senior Program Officer, Open Society Foundations

    As part of our Meet the Funder Series, IPI invited Solomon Greene, Senior Program Officer in the US Programs Division’s Equality and Opportunity Fund at the Open Society Foundations (OSF), to discuss his work with the Neighborhood Stabilization Initiative; a strategic grantmaking program to mitigate the impacts of the national foreclosure crisis on low-income communities and communities of color. The initiative began in New York in 2007 as a way to protect low-income communities from heightened instances of predatory lending, and has now evolved into a multi-city project supporting interventions into the subprime lending and foreclosure crisis aimed at any of three overlapping goals: Preventing foreclosures for homeowners in mortgage distress; Stabilizing communities with high concentrations of mortgage foreclosures; and expanding access to fair and affordable credit. Following his presentation, Mr. Greene fielded a series of questions in regards to; risks of leveraging private investment for mission-based housing organizations; the future of the initiative; the consequence of REO Rental Initiative and the challenges of the rent-to-own model.

  • March 15, 2012

    Domestic

    Strong Cities, Strong Communities White House Convening

    On March 15, 2012, PD&R/IPI aided in engaging philanthropic stakeholders in the field of housing and urban development to attend a convening at the White House highlighting the recent launch of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities initiative. During the event, President Obama signed an Executive Order to establish the White House Council on Strong Cities, Strong Communities. The Council that includes 19 federal agencies will build on the SC2 pilot initiative launched last summer and seeks to: Coordinate the implementation of SC2 and build a foundation for expanding the program to cities across the country; Recommend policies to the President for building local expertise in strengthening local economies; and changing Federal policies and programs to address issues to strengthen local capacity and spur economic growth.

  • March 12, 2012

    International

    Policy Briefing: OECD Compact City Policies

    On March 12, 2012, PD&R/IPI invited Tadashi Matsumoto, Senior Policy Analyst, and Mr. Yasushi Yoshida, Head of Division from the OECD’s Division for Regional Policy for Sustainable Development to HUD to discuss their forthcoming report on Compact City policies. Drawing from case-studies from Vancouver, Portland, Paris, Melbourne, and Toyama, Mr. Matsumoto defined the notion of “Compact City” as policies aiming to forge dense and proximate development patterns, link urban areas by public transport systems, and increase accessibility to local services and jobs. The ultimate goals of the study are to: better understand the compact city concept and the implications of today’s urban contexts; better understand potential outcomes, particularly in terms of Green Growth; develop indicators to monitor compact cities; examine current compact city practices in OECD countries; and propose key compact city strategies based on their findings. Following the presentation on the report, Mr. Yoshida spoke more generally about OECD initiatives in regards to energy, transport, and sustainable urban form. Subsequently, US government stakeholders in sustainable urban development policies responded to the presentations, including: Jeff Skeer, APEC Energy Working Group Delegate, DOE; Salin Geevarghese, Senior Advisor to the Director of the Office of Sustainable Housing & Communities, HUD; Lynn Richards, Policy Director, Office of Sustainable Communities, EPA; and Lilly Shoup, Office of Policy, DOT.

  • March 8-9, 2012

    International

    The OECD Roundtable for Mayors and Ministers: Mobilizing Investments for Urban Sustainability, Job Creation and Resilient Growth; Chicago

    Following months of preparation, Assistant Secretary Bostic and IPI staff accompanied the Secretary to the fourth annual OECD Roundtable for Mayors and Ministers in Chicago, IL. Secretary Donovan co-hosted the event, in conjunction with; NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and Secretary-General of the OECD Angel Gurría. On the morning of March 8th, the Secretary and Mayor Emanuel chaired a Roundtable discussion themed around investing in cities for sustainable economic growth; while Secretary-General Gurría and Mayor Bloomberg chaired the discussion of the role of cities on the road to Rio+20. Following a lunch honoring International Women’s Day, a series of policy dialogues occurred, focusing on financing urban sustainability in key sectors, with Raphael co-chairing the portion on building. On March 9th, the OECD unveiled and led discussion around their Territorial Review of the Chicago Tri-State Metro Region, which is the OECD’s first territorial review of a US Metropolitan Area. In an attempt to target international attendees with less stake in the Chicago Territorial Review, IPI, in conjunction with the Urban Land Institute of Chicago and the City of Chicago, helped facilitate a neighborhood tour showcasing urban revitalization through current health, institutional, environmental and cultural community redevelopment projects in local neighborhoods.

  • March 1, 2012

    International

    World Urban Forum 6 Planning Meeting

    IPI invited Chris Williams, Director of the UN-HABITAT Office in Washington, to aide in facilitating a planning session with non-governmental partners for the World Urban Forum 6, which will be held on September 3-6 in Naples, Italy. Due to the fact that Secretary Donovan led a strong delegation to WUF 5 in Rio back in 2010, HUD hopes to continue that momentum onto WUF 6 and be a strong presence in Naples, particularly through the organization of networking events (which are more akin to policy exchanges). IPI and its partners are currently in the process of developing concepts for networking events, which are to be innovative exchanges themed around the WUF 6 dialogue points; Urban Planning (with institutional and governance streams), Basic Services, Prosperity and Economy of Cities, and Equity and Culture. In the past, the US has collaboratively hosted roughly 15 networking events, which will also be our target number for WUF 6. Beyond opportunities presented at networking events, Chris highlighted multiple opportunities for US engagement at WUF 6. For instance, a series of roundtables will seek to engage the following affinity groups; the Business Sector, Parliamentary Members, Academics, and those promoting issues of Youth & Gender. Looking forward, IPI will continue to convene planning meetings in preparation for the Forum in September. The next meeting will most likely be held at the National Buildings Museum in mid April.

  • Domestic

    Partner.HUD.Gov Version 1.2 is Live

    On Tuesday, January 17th, version 1.2 of Partner.HUD.Gov went live with the recently announced 2011 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grantees and Competitive Runners-Up. The newest version also includes enhanced functionality and design so be sure it check it out at www.partner.hud.gov. Planning will continue for other grant programs to expand the site such as Sustainable Communities.

  • Domestic

    Secretary Donovan and HHS Secretary Sebelius recently co-wrote an essay for the “How Housing Matters to Families and Communities” commentary series supported by the MacArthur Foundation and the Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity.

    Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity (12/5, Donovan and Sebelius) How Housing Matters: Housing As a Platform for Improving Health Outcomes. When we think of improving the health outcomes of Americans, we often think of better medicine, lower health care costs, and smarter prevention strategies. But in many ways, safe, decent affordable housing is just as important. Perhaps the clearest example is an effort by the federal government that began a decade ago to reduce people’s exposure to lead hazards in their homes. Since that time, these efforts have reduced the number of children with lead poisoning by 75 percent. That’s just the beginning. Several studies have demonstrated that “permanent supportive housing” ends homelessness, which is associated with serious health problems. Providing people with a combination of housing vouchers and supportive health services actually ends up costing less than the revolving door of shelters, emergency rooms, detox centers, prisons, and hospitals.

  • International

    Planning for OECD Urban Roundtable for Mayors and Ministers Underway.

    From December 5-7, Deputy Assistant Secretary Ana Marie Argilagos attended meetings of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), including the Working Parties on Urban Areas, Rural Areas, and Indicators, as HUD reignites relationships for new common efforts. Serving as Vice Chair of the Working Party on Urban Areas, Argilagos is providing the US perspective on housing and urban development. She also worked to finalize plans for the upcoming OECD Urban Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers. Secretary Donovan, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York/C40 and OECD Secretary General Angel Gurría will be co-hosting the Urban Roundtable event on March 8 and 9, 2012 in Chicago. This 4th urban roundtable will involve mayors and ministers from close to fifty countries – as well as attracting high-level business leaders, civil society groups and former heads of state from cities and countries around the world, and it will present a unique opportunity to discuss sustainable development and urbanization here in the U.S.

  • International

    HUD and Partners Launch “I-10-K” At Clinton Global Initiative.

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has forged an exciting and unique partnership focused on the use of competitions and networks to discover and disseminate the most imaginative solutions for creating sustainable and livable communities. The “Commitment to Action” known as Innovation 10 Thousand or I-10K was announced at the CGI annual meeting in New York City. The commitment and partnership have been crafted to develop a replicable platform to engage sustainable development innovators towards the goal of creating new housing and employment opportunities in urban locations. I-10-K is a unique collaboration between HUD, the U.S. Department of State, American Planning Association, Context Partners, X PRIZE Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Un Techo Para Mi País, and Ashoka’s Changemakers. The partners conceived of using competitions as a way of advancing housing and urban development innovations across public, private and nonprofit sectors. President Clinton has stated that he believes CGI can lift up and standardize such models, ultimately creating solutions for social and economic mega-challenges. For more information and to see how this program links to HUD’s recent Sustainable Urban Housing Competition, visit:

    The Urban Institute reports that progress continues on the innovative Housing Opportunities and Services Together (HOST) evaluation of ways to coordinate public housing and human services to maximize positive outcomes for parents and children. Bolstered by $3 million in seed money from the Open Society Foundation’s Special Fund for Poverty Alleviation and which is attracting matching support from other sources, the Institute is working with local entities serving low-income residents in a variety of public housing and mixed-income settings. Ultimately, the program aims to produce evidence and lessons, especially for housing agencies and policymakers, for strengthening and streamlining effective services benefiting high-need, low-income populations. For more information, visit here.

  • International

    United Nations World Habitat Day

    On Monday, October 3 Deputy Assistant Secretary addressed an audience at the United Nations in celebration of World Habitat Day and convened by UN-HABITAT and the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization. The theme was “Cities and Climate Change” for which an expert international panel discussed the connections among urbanization, sustainability, growth, energy, housing, and development. Argilagos discussed the importance of organizations collaborating and jointly investing in innovation. She discussed the concept of “collective innovation” and shared examples of how HUD was working across sectors to tackle some of the greatest challenges in cities for the future. An article about the forum can be found at:
    http://www.southsouthnews.com/Pages/NewsDetails.aspx?NewsId=de9824bc-a407-4b1f-9fb5-2ce4392a7b73

  • International

    HUD and Partners Launch “I-10-K” At Clinton Global Initiative

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has forged an exciting and unique partnership focused on the use of competitions and networks to discover and disseminate the most imaginative solutions for creating sustainable and livable communities. The “Commitment to Action” known as Innovation 10 Thousand or I-10K was announced at the CGI annual meeting in New York City. The commitment and partnership have been crafted to develop a replicable platform to engage sustainable development innovators towards the goal of creating new housing and employment opportunities in urban locations. I-10-K is a unique collaboration between HUD, the U.S. Department of State, American Planning Association, Context Partners, X PRIZE Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Un Techo Para Mi País, and Ashoka’s Changemakers. The partners conceived of using competitions as a way of advancing housing and urban development innovations across public, private and nonprofit sectors. President Clinton has stated that he believes CGI can lift up and standardize such models, ultimately creating solutions for social and economic mega-challenges. For more information and to see how this program links to HUD’s recent Sustainable Urban Housing Competition, visit:
    http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/press_releases_media_advisories/2011/HUDNo.11-233

  • Domestic

    Project Rebuild: HUD and the American Jobs Act

    At the beginning of September, President Obama announced the American Jobs Act and delivered the bill to Congress last week. This bill outlines all aspects of the President's plan to create jobs. Here you will find a fact sheet and FAQs on Project Rebuild which is the portion of the American Jobs Act that directly involves HUD. Project Rebuild is designed to create jobs, stabilize neighborhoods, and reduce vacancy. Project Rebuild will accomplish this by leveraging the success of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) while making critical changes to scale up, address commercial vacancies, and leverage capacity in the private sector. IPI will continue to communicate with our stakeholders about these efforts, so please stay tuned to our website and sign up on our listserv for future emails and announcements.

    Project Rebuild FAQs
    Project Rebuild Fact Sheet

  • Domestic

    Sustainable Urban Housing Competition

    Sustainable Urban Housing Competition On July 18-19, the Sustainable Urban Housing Competition came to a close with two days of events held at the National Building Museum. The competition partners, the American Planning Association, Ashoka Changemakers, the Brazilian Ministry of Cities, HUD, the National Museum, the US State Department, and with the support of the Rockefeller Foundation delivered a series of events that covered a broad range of topics in urban sustainability.

    The first day of events was dedicated exclusively to the finalists, and helping them develop their projects further, while also tying their individual efforts to global urban sustainability initiatives. Finalists heard from competition organizers, representatives from the US government’s Partnership for Sustainable Communities, and discussed the impacts of urban planning and the role of public private partnerships.

    There were also workshops and consultations designed to assist the finalists with marketing their project and attracting attention of future partners and investors.

    Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, Raphael Bostic, launched the second day’s learning summit by discussing the connection between sustainability and cities, and how HUD’s goals intersect with the competition’s themes of innovation, sustainability, and urban development. These themes were addressed by the panels, and shown in practice through the finalist’s presentations of their work. The event culminated in an awards ceremony celebrating all eleven finalists’ innovative approaches to providing sustainable, energy efficient housing and communities in a way that unleashes economic opportunities for the urban poor, and builds smarter, cleaner cities around the world.

    Click here for a blog and videos of the event.

  • International

    HUD Signs MOU with the German Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development

    HUD Signs MOU with the German Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development On behalf of HUD, the Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI) in the Office of Policy Development and Research hosted a visiting German delegation May 9-13. The visit began with the signing of a Joint Declaration of Intent between HUD and the German Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development, with the HUD delegation led by Deputy Secretary Sims and featuring representation from a range of intersecting HUD programs and offices. The Joint Declaration establishes a foundation for future collaboration between the two governments, framed by the Livability Principles of the Federal Sustainabilty Partnership and the Leipzig Charter for Sustainable European Cities. According to HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims, the Declaration "reinforces the idea that developing more sustainable communities is something both our nations recognize as critical to our futures. The US and Germany share a common vision that we can build a better, more sustainable and livable tomorrow.” On Monday afternoon a policy exchange panel entitled, “Shrinking Cities: Best Practices and Visions of the Future through a Transatlantic Lens,” was held at the German Marshall Fund, featuring representatives from HUD, the philanthropic community, the German Marshall Fund, and the German Ministry of Transport, Building, and Design. The group, led by Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy, Director of Philanthropic Research & Initiatives in IPI, then traveled to New York where the delegation met with HUD’s Region II Regional Administrator Adolfo Carrion and staff and toured the Ground Zero site and transportation hub. See press release and link to Joint Declaration here

    Click here for more pictures

  • International

    Sustainable Urban Housing Winners Announced: The best global solutions for building livable and inclusive cities

    Three winners emerged from the global collaborative competition: Sustainable Urban Housing: Collaborating for Liveable and Inclusive Cities, hosted by Ashoka’s Changemakers, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation. HUD, State Department, the American Planning Association, and Government of Brazil are partners on the competition. Deputy Sims served as a judge for the competition to narrow the competition to ten finalists, and HUD’s Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI) in PD&R has taken the lead on behalf of HUD. The competition identifies innovative solutions for providing sustainable, energy efficient housing in a way that unleashes economic opportunities for the urban poor, and builds smarter, cleaner cities around the world. The winning entries will each receive US $10,000 to scale-up their initiatives. In addition to receiving US $10,000, the winners will be showcased and reviewed at an event that closes the competition in June 2011 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. IPI will be working with the finalists and winners to lift up their ideas and will pursue building on the success of this initiative.

    The three winners are: Developing Real Estate for Squatters and Tenants of the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina,
    Zero Waste, Sustainable Architecture, Renewable Energy: Unlimited Source of Renewable Materials for Sustainable Housinga, Brazil
    Green Development Zone, USA - People United for Sustainable Housing (PUSH), Buffalo, NY

     

  • Domestic

    HUD Signs Partnership Agreement with the Business Civic Leadership Center

    HUD and the Business Civic Leadership Center have signed a Public-Private Partnership Agreement in order to collaborate on joint events for information sharing and raising awareness within the business philanthropic community around housing and community develop issues. Read more about this partnership and see a video clip with Regional Administrator Jane Vincent on the BCLC blog: http://www.chamberpost.com/2011/04/public-private-partnerships-advancing-community-development/

  • Domestic

    HUD Requests for Expressions of Interest - Fellowship Placement Pilot Program - Economically Distressed Cities

    Last year, senior leadership from the White House, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and other federal agencies have assessed ways to enhance technical assistance to help some of the nation’s most economically distressed cities. One primary result of these discussions led to HUD’s development of the Fellowship Placement Pilot Program, a brand new program that will deploy a class of highly skilled and committed fellows into cities facing long-term economic challenges to help build capacity support and provide intense technical assistance.

    HUD is pleased to announce the Request for Expressions of Interest (REI) Notice for the Fellowship Placement Pilot Program for public competition. HUD is seeking a qualified third party or a partnership of third parties to grant $2.5 million to manage, administer and implement the fellowship program. HUD broadly considers a third party to be an educational institution, private and for-profit entity, or private or public nonprofit with a 501(c)(3) status. A partnership can be comprised of two or more of these entities. Read more information about this Request here.

  • International

    USAID Request for Applications Posting: HAITI REHABILITATION AND REINTEGRATION OF PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES PROGRAM

    Since the January 12 2010 earthquake in Haiti, there has been a tremendous outpouring of assistance from the international community to help the country recover. We at USAID are heartened by these expressions of interests in the reconstruction process, and we thank you for your interest in partnering with USAID in the health sector.

    As our reconstruction efforts move forward, we are pleased to share with you a Request for Applications (RFA) that was posted on March 14th, 2011 on www.grants.gov. USAID is requesting applications from qualified organizations to implement the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Persons with Disabilities Program to achieve the following results.

  • International

    New Research! Providing Housing within the Sustainable Development Framework: Lessons from Learning Exchanges with Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa

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    Throughout 2010, The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI) invited delegations of housing experts from Brazil, Mexico, and South Africa to Washington, D.C. to exchange ideas and perspectives regarding housing challenges and opportunities in these countries. After each of these three learning exchanges, IPI’s staff was struck by the intelligence, energy, creativity, and dedication of these housing professionals. In this report we present brief reports and learning from each country on conditions, policies, and programs in housing and sustainable urban development, explore some common themes and challenges, and conclude with insights from national and international experts that point to fruitful directions in practice.

  • Philanthropic

    New Research! From Urban Institute- The Potential for Public-Private Partnerships: Philanthropic Leaders Consider Housing as a Platform

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    This paper reports on the opportunities and challenges of creating partnerships between foundations and government agencies in promoting housing as a platform. Through discussions with philanthropists, the authors examine evidence for "housing as a platform" and assess the challenges that impede public private partnerships. They find that there is a wide interpretation of philosophies that can make partnerships more difficult to establish. While foundation leaders harbor considerable skepticism about developing effective partnerships, they also recognize the benefits of collaborating with public agencies. The authors identify specific topics related to HUD's strategic interests where improvement might advance closer relationships between HUD and private foundations.

    http://www.urban.org/publications/1001512.html

  • Domestic

    Sustainable Housing Prize & Judge’s Orientation Call

    IPI’s Sustainable Urban Housing Prize, which is a joint initiative with State Department, American Planning Association, the Government of Brazil, Ashoka’s Changemakers, and funded by the Rockefeller Foundation officially closed for submissions on Friday, February 11. The competition received over 300 entrants from around the world and more than 80 nominations (http://www.changemakers.com/en-us/sustainableurbanhousing).

    In addition to Deputy Secretary Sims, the panel includes judges from multiple countries and sectors, including: Angel Cabrera, President, Thunderbird School of Global Management; Eduardo Rojas, Urban Development Consultant; Jane Weru, Executive Director and Founding Member, Akiba Mashinani Trust; Jerro Billimoria, Founder, Aflatoun; Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Sara Topelson, Undersecretary for Urban and Territorial Development, Federal Government of Mexico; William Cobbett, Manager, Cities Alliance; and Ines da Silva Magalhaes, Housing Secretary, Government of Brazil.

    After the official challenge judges decide on the top ten entries, the contest will move to an online voting phase where the public will be able to vote on the most innovative and encouraging ideas. Be sure to check out the website above when voting begins on March 23, 2011!

    Read more on the HUDdle Blog: http://hud-blog.omnitecinc.com/2011/01/28/sustainable-obtainable-attainable/

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    Notice of Public Interest (NOPI) for Fiscal Year 2010- Application Deadline February 4, 2011

    Transformation Initiative: Sustainable Communities Research Grant Program

    The purpose of this NOPI is to inform the research community of the opportunity to submit grant applications to fund quality research under the broad subject area of sustainability. HUD is primarily interested in sponsoring cutting edge research in affordable housing development and preservation; transportation-related issues; economic development and job creation; land use planning and urban design; green and sustainable energy practices; and a range of issues related to sustainability. This NOPI is governed by the information and instructions found in HUD’s Fiscal Year 2010 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) Policy Requirements and General Section that the Department posted on June 7, 2010 (FR 5415-N-01).

    The pre-application deadline date is 11:59:59 p.m. eastern time on February 4, 2011. Pre-applications and full applications must be received by Grants.gov. Applicants need to be aware that following receipt, applications go through a validation process in which the application may be accepted or rejected. Please allow time for this process to ensure that you meet the timely receipt requirements.

    If you are interested in applying, please visit here.
    You will also need to register at http://grants.gov/applicants/get_registered.jsp.

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    New Working Group to Coordinate and Attract $150 Million for Economic Development and Opportunity

    New Working Group to Coordinate and Attract $150 Million for Economic Development and OpportunityA working group of major philanthropic and financial institutions, Investors for Sustainable Communities, has announced an effort to coordinate up to $150 million in investments to build stronger communities grounded in more resilient, regional economies that provide opportunity to all residents and that firmly embrace environmental stewardship…. Going forward, participants will coordinate their investments, aligning them as appropriate with federal grants such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program, and invite others to invest alongside them - leveraging more than $150 million over the next three years.

    The full press release can be found here http://www.livingcities.org/press/releases/?id=14
    More information on the Working Group can be found here http://backend.livingcities.org/_backend.livingcities.org/files/Investors_for_Sustainable_Communities_Program_Description.pdf

    Click here for more information.

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    Sustainable Urban Housing Prize Competition Early Deadline Submission Award

    On December 12, the early prize deadline for the Sustainable Urban Housing Prize Competition passed and the best entries will each be eligible to win a prize of US $500.

    Early Entry Prize Winners: Congratulations to Green Development Zone in the USA, Housing Finance for urban financially excluded families in India, and Franquicia Social para el desarrollo de vivienda sustentable in Mexico! Each of these entrants has been awarded a prize of US $500.

    The competition has applicants from countries all around the world, including Argentina, Mexico, India, Sierra Leone, the United States, Australia, and Brazil, in addition to 50 project nominations. Applications for the competition will continue to be accepted through February 17th, 2011, and three winners will receive $10,000 prizes. Visit http://www.changemakers.com/sustainableurbanhousing to find out more.

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    New Working Group to Coordinate and Attract $150 Million for Economic Development and Opportunity

    Social investors invited to join the effort


    WASHINGTON, DC -- (October 14, 2010) – A working group of major philanthropic and financial institutions, Investors for Sustainable Communities, has announced an effort to coordinate up to $150 million in investments to build stronger communities grounded in more resilient, regional economies that provide opportunity to all residents and that firmly embrace environmental stewardship.
    Investors for Sustainable Communities is sponsored by Living Cities, a consortium of 22 of the world's largest foundations and financial institutions working to revitalize America's cities.  Participants in Investors for Sustainable Communities include national philanthropies such as the Ford, Surdna and Rockefeller foundations, regional funders such as the McKnight Foundation, and financial institutions such as Citi and Morgan Stanley (a full list is provided below). 

    The working group's three-part approach, known in policy circles as equitable Transit-Oriented Development (equitable TOD), seeks to: develop healthier, more affordable neighborhoods that offer convenient and safe access to jobs, stores, schools and services; expand transportation options connecting these neighborhoods to the regional economy (e.g. job centers); and ensure that all people—regardless of income, race, age, ability, and similar considerations, can participate in development decisions and share in the benefits. 
    From 2008 through 2010, participants in Investors for Sustainable Communities invested over $100 million in equitable TOD.  Going forward, participants will coordinate their investments, aligning them as appropriate with federal grants such as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program, and invite others to invest alongside them - leveraging more than $150 million over the next three years. The effort will also benefit from the participation of national nonprofit organizations such as the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities, a learning and action collaborative of national and regional foundations and other funding partners, and Reconnecting America, a national organization working to integrate transportation systems and the communities they serve.

    "Transit-Oriented Development is a powerful way to make metro areas, the engines of our economy, more competitive, inclusive and environmentally sustainable," said Pablo Farias, Chairman of Living Cities and Vice President of Economic Opportunity and Assets at the Ford Foundation.  "Just as important, it offers a chance for low-income people to contribute to and share in the benefits of metropolitan growth.  The participants in this collaborative, and the members of Living Cities more broadly, are committed to making this agenda a pillar of our effort to strengthen American cities." 

    Economic growth is a critical dimension to the effort.  "As America begins to rebuild its economy following the Great Recession, we need to ensure we are laying the foundation for lasting and broadly-shared prosperity," said Lee Sheehy, Director of the Region and Communities Program at the McKnight Foundation and co-chair of the working group.  "Our ability to innovate and create jobs depends on our ability to connect business, capital and talent as efficiently as possible.  China and India get this, and are way ahead of us.  We need to grow our options in order to compete."  Audrey Choi, Head of Global Sustainable Finance at Morgan Stanley adds, "Designing new, innovative ways to achieve growth by blending public, philanthropic and private capital will be critical to this work."

    TOD is also a quality-of-life issue, noted Nick Turner, Managing Director at the Rockefeller Foundation.  "Families must have more options to live in places where they can bike or walk to school or the grocery store, or take the bus or train to work," said Turner.  "Providing more walkable and transit-oriented development would help hardworking Americans to save more of their time and money.  This effort is one step in making sure people have those affordable options."

    The working group is particularly interested in the equity dimension of TOD: ensuring that all people can participate in development decisions and share in the benefits and opportunities TOD creates.  This means, for example: expanding housing options for working families and seniors near train stations and bus routes; using transit to revitalize distressed neighborhoods while taking measures to prevent low-income residents from being priced out; connecting local residents and businesses to the employment and contracting opportunities created by these investments; and intentionally engaging disadvantaged communities in decision-making to ensure that development meets their needs.  

    "Millions of working families, particularly those living in ‘first-ring' suburbs, have seen their combined monthly housing and transportation costs rise to more than half of their incomes," said Phil Henderson, President of the Surdna Foundation.  "At Surdna, we believe there is an economic, environmental, and equity imperative to expand quality transportation options throughout the country, improving residents' access to available jobs, education and training, and other opportunities in their regions." 

    The working group's emphasis on equity and inclusion was a major factor in the AARP Foundation's decision to participate, according to foundation president Jo Ann Jenkins.  "Equitable TOD can provide options for all people, regardless of age or income, so that access to auto transportation does not determine their ability to live independently, connect to their families and communities and access the job market," said Jenkins.

    Participants' shift toward collaboration is an important one, stated Living Cities' CEO Ben Hecht.  "Our members have been investing individually in this work for years," said Hecht.  "But they recognize that no one institution has the means to achieve this agenda on its own.  By working across sectors, coordinating their resources and pooling their influence, these organizations can move the needle far more effectively."

    The name Investors for Sustainable Communities signals the working group's intent to reinforce the federal policy framework emerging from the recently established Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities.  The Partnership, launched in 2009, consists of several federal agencies including HUD, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency.  Partnership agencies are working to align their rules and funding programs so that efforts in housing, transportation, environmental infrastructure and economic development reinforce and leverage one another.  Many local and state governments are following suit.  Within weeks, HUD, through its Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, is expected to announce grants tallying over $200 million toward the Partnership's goals.
    The working group is taking measures to promote the successful adoption of the Sustainable Communities framework at the regional, state and local levels.  In early 2011, it will sponsor a "Sustainable Communities Boot Camp" tailored to the needs of regions that will receive grant awards from HUD.  The Boot Camp will help arm practitioners with the approaches and strategies they need to build systems that advance economic prosperity, equity and inclusion and environmental stewardship simultaneously. 

    "The emerging Sustainable Communities Framework is critical to our work," said Sheehy.  "This is not a partisan issue.  We want to see the Sustainable Communities approach become the way government at all levels does business.  We welcome the opportunity to partner with the administration to advance our common goals."

    Investors for Sustainable Communities is one of several efforts under way or in development at Living Cities that seeks to address issues affecting people, places and economic opportunity, such as access to education, housing, health care, transit and jobs, simultaneously.  On October 28, for example, Living Cities will announce the five urban regions selected to participate in the Integration Initiative, which will provide up to $80 million in grants, loans and Program-Related Investments (PRIs) to support game-changing, cross-sector efforts to create opportunities for low income people.   

    For additional information, please see the Investors for Sustainable Communities Program Summary at www.livingcities.org : http://backend.livingcities.org/_backend.livingcities.org/files/Investors_for_Sustainable_Communities_Program_Description.pdf

  • International

    USAID Making Cities Work Paper Competition on Urban Poverty:

    Building on the success of last year’s paper competition, USAID’s Urban Programs Team, in cooperation with the International Housing Coalition (IHC), The World Bank, the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Comparative Urban Studies Project (CUSP), and Cities Alliance, is once again seeking paper submissions for an upcoming policy workshop and paper competition on urban poverty in the developing world. Paper topics should address one of three sub-topics: land security, urban health, and urban livelihoods. Winning papers will be published and selected authors will present their papers in a policy workshop to be held in Washington, D.C. in October 2011.
    Download the competition fact sheet here: http://www.makingcitieswork.org/news/paper-competition-urban-poverty-abs...

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    World Bank's new Urbanization Platform:

    The World Bank announced that it will launch a Knowledge Platform with committed funds to focus on urbanization. The Knowledge Platform will convene and create a network of actors in the urban field, with the goal of identifying policies and investments that will improve urbanization outcomes.

    See PowerPoint on Platform here: http://prezi.com/mtqgtcoqzopu/urbanization-kp-technical-version/

    Download Fact Sheet on Platform here: http://www.makingcitieswork.org/news/world-bank-announces-knowledge-plat...

  • International

    Call for Abstracts Now Open

    The Australian and New Zealand Association of Planning Schools (ANZAPS) members on the World Planning Schools Congress WPSC2011 Local Organising Committee and Strategic Advisory Committee are delighted to announce that the official call for abstracts for WPSC2011 is now open!

    Colleagues can access details on the call for abstracts by clicking on the Call for Papers tile on the front page of the WPSC2011 website – www.wpsc2011.com.au.

    Alternatively, full details on the call for abstracts can be found by clicking here - where you will find more information.

  • International

    Second Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2012: Open for Nominations

    The Prize focuses on four key elements: liveability, vibrancy, sustainability, and quality of life. It recognizes practical, cost-effective solutions and ideas that can generate lasting social, economic and environmental benefits, which can be replicated across cities and communities around the world. The nominated individual or organization may be from either the private or government sector and can include non-government organizations (NGOs) and academics.

    The Prize is named after Singapore's first Prime Minister, and present Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew. Mr Lee has been instrumental in developing Singapore into a distinctive, clean and green garden city in the short span of a few decades.

    The Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize Laureate will be presented with an award certificate, a gold medallion, and a cash prize of S$300,000, sponsored by Keppel Corporation.

    The inaugural Prize attracted 78 nominations from 32 countries worldwide and was eventually conferred on Bilbao City Hall in recognition of its integrated, holistic approach to urban transformation. Bilbao City Hall has demonstrated that urban regeneration can be a powerful social and economic driver to catalyze change, strengthen the urban fabric, inject vibrancy, and improve the quality of life for its citizens.

    Nominations for the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize 2012 are now open and will close on 31 March 2011.

    For nominations and full details of the Prize, please visit the official Prize website at www.leekuanyewworldcityprize.com.sg

  • International

    World Habitat Day: October 4, 2010

    The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day. The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.

    The United Nations chose the theme Better City, Better Life to highlight our collective vision of a sustainable urban world that harnesses the potential and possibilities, mitigates inequalities and disparities, and provides a home for people of all cultures and ages, both rich and poor.

    More information: www.unhabitat.org/whd.