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Filling the Gaps in Housing
Filling the Gaps in Housing

Urban areas with plentiful employment opportunities, higher median wages, and a wide range of amenities are attractive destinations for millennials.




A Historic School Becomes Senior Housing in Brewer, Maine
A Historic School Becomes Senior Housing in Brewer, Maine

The building that housed Brewer Middle School in the city of Brewer, Maine, a town with fewer than 10,000 residents just across the Penobscot River from Bangor, had sat vacant since 2010.



Investing in Education: Part II
Investing in Education: Part II

Throughout the country, public housing agencies (PHAs), often partnering with a range of public, private, and nonprofit entities, are offering their residents innovative, housing-based educational initiatives to address various areas of concern.




Investing in Education: Part I
Investing in Education: Part I

Using housing as a platform to boost education, health, and other outcomes that contribute to quality of life is central to HUD's mission.




Evaluating Community Development Efforts Through the Rural Innovation Fund
Evaluating Community Development Efforts Through the Rural Innovation Fund

In 2010, Congress authorized the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to administer the Rural Innovation Fund (RIF), a competitive grant program to improve housing stock and spur economic development in rural communities with high poverty and unemployment rates. Succeeding the Rural Housing and Economic Development (RHED) Program, a similar program funded from 1999 to 2009, RIF was funded for only 1 year.


2017 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition Site Visit
2017 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition Site Visit

The four finalist teams—New York University/Columbia, Rutgers University, the University of Michigan, and Yale University—that were selected during the initial phase of the Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition recently traveled to Cleveland to meet with the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) and explore the site identified for updated design and construction plans.


The Los Angeles Unified School District Provides Employee Housing in Sage Park Apartments
The Los Angeles Unified School District Provides Employee Housing in Sage Park Apartments

The Los Angeles Business Council’s 2008 report, “Workforce Housing Scorecard for Los Angeles,” highlighted the negative effects of the region’s shortage of affordable housing. The report noted that education, childcare, public safety, and health-care workers were experiencing particular difficulty in finding affordable options for ownership and rental housing.


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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German - U.S. Cooperation: Working Together To Find New Solutions for Our Cities
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Each year, German policymakers and practitioners gather to discuss the most pertinent issues and advancements in urban development.
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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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Strategies for Overcoming Barriers to Neighborhoods and Schools of Opportunity
Strategies for Overcoming Barriers to Neighborhoods and Schools of Opportunity

A recent Insights report from HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research, “Breaking Down Barriers: Housing, Neighborhoods, and Schools of Opportunity,” describes the relationship between neighborhoods and schools and the implications for housing policy.
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Rochester View Apartments Provide Affordable Housing Designed for Residents Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Use ASL
Rochester View Apartments Provide Affordable Housing Designed for Residents Who Are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, or Use ASL

Henrietta, New York, is located near the city of Rochester, where the Rochester School for the Deaf and the National Center for Deaf Health Research are situated.
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Partnering with Philanthropy for Community Impact, An Interview With Natalie Robles
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A new report from HUD’s Office of Economic Resilience and Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation, Scaling Solutions: Unleashing the Potential of Public-Philanthropic Partnerships, examines the role philanthropy played in HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI).
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The Prosperity Playbook: A Preview Edition
The Prosperity Playbook: A Preview Edition

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