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Highlighting HUD's Best Practices Manual for Using Compressed Earth Blocks, An Interview with Michael Blanford
Using Compressed Earth Blocks in Home Construction, An Interview with Michael Blanford

A researcher with the University of Colorado submitted a grant application to develop best practices for using compressed earth blocks.


2018 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition Site Visit – Dover Housing Authority at Whittier Falls, New Hampshire
2018 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition Site Visit –Dover Housing Authority at Whittier Falls, New Hampshire

This year’s Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition was markedly different from previous competitions.


Adapting to Natural Hazard Risk in Louisiana
Adapting to Natural Hazard Risk in Louisiana

Last November, the Center for Planning Excellence of Baton Rouge hosted the Rising Above Symposium, a two-day workshop to coordinate Louisiana’s plans for adapting to hazard risk and impending environmental change.


The Future of American Cities
The Future of American Cities

Rapid demographic and technological shifts in urban areas require city officials to pursue initiatives that promote inclusion and economic opportunity for residents.



Disaster Recovery Funds Affordable Burlington Willows Townhomes in Ward County, North Dakota
Disaster Recovery Funds Affordable Burlington Willows Townhomes in Ward County, North Dakota

During the summer of 2011, the Souris River in North Dakota flooded.



Whittier Lyndhurst Washington Contributes to Eco-District in Boston’s Codman Square
Whittier Lyndhurst Washington Contributes to Eco-District in Boston’s Codman Square

Boston’s Codman Square District in southern Dorchester is a racially diverse, predominantly lower-income neighborhood with a rich history.



New St. Louis Fed Tool Dives Deep into Community Investment
New St. Louis Fed Tool Dives Deep into Community Investment

The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis recently launched the Community Investment Explorer (CIE), an interactive tool that aggregates over 500,000 transactions from three programs that drive investment into underserved communities—the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) and New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) programs


Adopting an Outcomes-Based Approach for Lasting Impact
Adopting an Outcomes-Based Approach for Lasting Impact

A joint campaign of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Nonprofit Finance Fund, Investing in Results examines how nonprofit organizations, investors, and government officials can achieve lasting outcomes.



Onsite Stormwater Management and Homeowners
Onsite Stormwater Management and Homeowners

Within the past few months, the United States has experienced several major storm events causing significant damages and losses. Analysts estimate that the economic impact of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma could reach $190 billion.




Building Healthy Places
Building Healthy Places

After improving for several years, health indicators for the U.S. population are now headed in the wrong direction. According to the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI’s) Building Healthy Places Toolkit: Strategies for Enhancing Health in the Built Environment, one in three adults is obese, an increase from one in eight in 1970, and only one out of every five adults meets overall physical activity guidelines.




Creating Walkable and Bikeable Communities
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More and more Americans nationwide prefer to live in areas that are well served by a variety of transportation options, allowing them to meet their daily travel needs using personal automobiles, public transit, bicycling, or walking. Communities where residents can walk and bicycle, in particular, are increasingly in demand.
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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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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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