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The St. James Plaza Affordable Apartments Provide a Lasting Legacy for a Faith Community in Alexandria, Virginia
The St. James Plaza Affordable Apartments Provide a Lasting Legacy for a Faith Community in Alexandria, Virginia

By 2013, the congregation of the St. James United Methodist Church had resolved to relocate from their large property in the Beauregard neighborhood of western Alexandria, Virginia, to a smaller site in the city’s downtown.


New Metrics for Measuring Employment Outcomes for HUD-Assisted Households
Deriving Local Trend Factors for Fair Market Rent Estimation

The provision of safe, decent, and affordable housing is central to HUD’s mission.




Unique Partnerships Create a Community of Prefabricated Homes in Missoula, Montana
Unique Partnerships Create a Community of Prefabricated Homes in Missoula, Montana

In 2016, at the height of the production boom at the Bakken Oil Fields in Montana, a hedge fund purchased numerous fully furnished prefabricated homes as an investment, intending to lease them to oil workers.



Using Housing Affordability as a Key to Preserving Diversity Along the North Branch of the Chicago River
Using Housing Affordability as a Key to Preserving Diversity Along the North Branch of the Chicago River

Albany Park, Irving Park, and North Park are three neighborhoods located along the banks of the north branch of the Chicago River, about 7 miles northwest of downtown Chicago.



Building a Community Out of Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans in Sonoma County, California
Building a Community Out of Tiny Homes for Homeless Veterans in Sonoma County, California

An hour north of San Francisco, Sonoma County is pursuing novel ways of addressing homelessness. One such effort is Veterans Village, a project that is currently in a 2-year pilot phase in the city of Santa Rosa.



A True Home Library: Combining Housing With a Public Library on Chicago’s North Side
A True Home Library: Combining Housing With a Public Library on Chicago’s North Side

In 2016, the city of Chicago saw an opportunity to not only revitalize the city’s older libraries but also create mixed-use, vibrant public buildings by colocating them with housing.



Deriving Local Trend Factors for Fair Market Rent Estimation
Deriving Local Trend Factors for Fair Market Rent Estimation

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates Fair Market Rents (FMRs) for approximately 600 metropolitan areas and 2000 non-metropolitan counties in the United States to set housing assistance payment limits for public programs that address the housing needs of low-income families.


The Benefits of Multi-City Housing Collaboratives
The Benefits of Multi-City Housing Collaboratives

Housing markets are regional in nature and do not respect the administrative boundaries of cities and municipalities.



Northern California-Based Karuk Tribe Builds Its First LIHTC Project
Northern California-Based Karuk Tribe Builds Its First LIHTC Project

Opened in the fall of 2017, Karuk Homes 1 is a 30-unit affordable housing project of single-family homes in rural Yreka, California.



Innovative Housing Showcase 2019
Innovative Housing Showcase 2019

The Innovative Housing Showcase, held June 1–5 in Washington, DC, highlighted innovative technologies that create affordable and resilient housing to help address the nation’s housing challenges.



Transit-Oriented Development Offers Affordable Housing and Amenities in North Minneapolis
Transit-Oriented Development Offers Affordable Housing and Amenities in North Minneapolis

In January 2016, developer Building Blocks held the grand opening for the Commons at Penn Avenue, a mixed-use development served by several current and planned public transportation lines in the Willard-Hay neighborhood of north Minneapolis.
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Improving the Lives of Children in Public Housing
Improving the Lives of Children in Public Housing

On January 18, 2017, the Urban Institute presented findings of a community assessment of needs and opportunities for children in public housing in Washington, DC. Commissioned by the District of Columbia Housing Authority (DCHA) and conducted in partnership with Howard University and the University of the District of Columbia, the survey identifies the need for supportive services and potentially provides benchmarks against which DCHA can measure progress, said DCHA executive director Adrianne Todman.
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How Housing Matters
How Housing Matters

On December 13, 2016, the National Housing Conference hosted the third How Housing Matters Conference in partnership with the Urban Institute, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research, and the Urban Land Institute Terwilliger Center for Housing with sponsorship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
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Highlighting Best Practices Through the HUD Secretary's Awards
Highlighting Best Practices Through the HUD Secretary's Awards

Recognizing and sharing best practices in the field is one of the ways in which HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) fulfills its mission to inform policy development and implementation and improve life in American communities.
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Taking on Pressing Challenges with the New Urban Agenda at Habitat III
Taking on Pressing Challenges with the New Urban Agenda at 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.
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New Housing and Healthcare for the Homeless in Denver
New Housing and Healthcare for the Homeless in Denver

By 2013, the Stout Street Clinic had served the low-income and homeless populations of Denver, Colorado, for nearly 30 years.
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The Burnham’s Affordable Senior Housing Helps Revitalize Chicago’s Woodlawn Neighborhood
The Burnham’s Affordable Senior Housing Helps Revitalize Chicago’s Woodlawn Neighborhood

Woodlawn Park is a multiphased, mixed-use, mixed-income revitalization project being developed in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Chicago, and The Burnham at Woodlawn Park is the most recently completed residential phase of the project.
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