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Economic Growth in the El Paso Housing Market Area
Economic Growth in the El Paso Housing Market Area

The economy of the El Paso, Texas housing market area (HMA) has been growing every year since 2010 — the longest growth streak in the area since the 1990s.




Housing Needs of Native Hawaiians
Housing Needs of Native Hawaiians

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research recently released Housing Needs of Native Hawaiians, a study that compares the housing conditions of Native Hawaiians to those of other residents of Hawaii and examines specific subgroups of Native Hawaiians in the context of federal policy.





Demographic Change and the Remodeling Outlook
Demographic Change and the Remodeling Outlook

Researchers from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) recently presented findings from a new report on the home remodeling market.




The Quality of America’s Assisted Housing Stock
The Quality of America’s Assisted Housing Stock

Providing high-quality assisted housing is one of HUD’s core principles. HUD has established standards to ensure that its assisted housing stock is safe and in good physical condition.




Assisted Housing as a Platform to Improve Quality of Life
Assisted Housing as a Platform to Improve Quality of Life

To increase policy attention towards the social determinants of health, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) “health in all policies” approach fosters interagency collaboration to examine health alongside housing with the aim of improving overall quality of life. A recent HUD report, “A Health Picture of HUD-Assisted Adults, 2006–2012,” uses an array of health indicators to study HUD-assisted adults as well as unassisted low-income renting adults and the general adult population.


Findings of a Pilot Study of Discrimination Against Families with Children in Rental Housing Markets
Findings of a Pilot Study of Discrimination Against Families with Children in Rental Housing Markets

The federal Fair Housing Act was amended in 1988 to prohibit discrimination against families with children, yet since then few researchers have examined this type of bias.





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




Comparing Housing Markets: Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana
Comparing Housing Markets: Baton Rouge and Lafayette, Louisiana

Two recent Comprehensive Housing Market Analyses (CHMA) focused on the metropolitan areas of Lafayette and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in the Southwest region (HUD Region 6). The Southwest region is composed of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.




The Native American Housing Needs Study
The Native American Housing Needs Study

In 2009, Congress directed HUD to produce a national assessment of Native American housing needs. Seven years and $6 million later, the Assessment of American Indian and Alaska Native Housing Needs is complete. (The study of Native Hawaiian housing needs is also complete, but not yet published.)



Assessment of American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Housing Needs
Photo showing the front façade and side of a ranch-style house in a snowy field.

HUD’s recently released assessment of housing needs and conditions, which included the largest ever nationally representative survey of American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) households in tribal areas across Indian Country, reflected the geographic, economic, and cultural diversity of tribal nations.



Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of Well-Being
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The Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics released their Older Americans 2016: Key Indicators of Well-Being report on August 2, 2016.
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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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Initial Findings of the First-Time Homebuyer Education and Counseling Demonstration

Initial Findings of the First-Time Homebuyer Education and Counseling Demonstration

Although numerous studies suggest that pre-purchase homebuyer education and counseling benefits consumers, they fail to account for selection bias, limiting the usefulness of their findings.
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Request for Proposals: Using Linked Data To Advance Evidence-Based Policymaking
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Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, in partnership with the U.S. Census Bureau and with support from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) titled “Using Linked Data to Advance Evidence-Based Policymaking: Helping Projects Utilize the U.S. Census Bureau Linkage Infrastructure.”
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From Habitat II to Habitat III, An Interview with Ismael Guerrero
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In this column, 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.
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Learning from the City: The Midwest Regional Convening of UN Habitat III, An Interview with Antonio Riley
Learning from the City: The Midwest Regional Convening of UN Habitat III

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with the U.S. Department of State, is leading U.S. government preparations for the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). The Habitat conference, which the United Nations (U.N.) convenes every 20 years, will be held in October 2016 in Quito, Ecuador.     readmore

 
Behaviorally-Informed Messaging for Federal Student Aid: An Interview with Leah Lozier
Behaviorally-Informed Messaging for Federal Student Aid: An Interview with Leah Lozier

In this column, Leah Lozier, Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, describes how HUD, the Department of Education, and the White Housing Social and Behavior Sciences Team are using behaviorally-informed messages to increase completion of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid among students with housing vouchers.
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The Opportunity Project, Creating Digital Tools with Open Data: An Interview with Drew Zachary
The Opportunity Project, Creating Digital Tools with Open Data: An Interview with Drew Zachary

In this column, Drew Zachary, Policy Advisor at the White House Domestic Policy Council, discusses the Opportunity Project, a program that exploits open data sources and provides tools that enable greater access to opportunity for all Americans.
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