Sustainability, defined by the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” has increasingly become a focus of both government policy and private practice.
In July 2016, HUD awarded a $2 million Research Partnerships grant to the Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago to support its Voices of Youth Count (VoYC) project, an innovative and ambitious policy research initiative to provide critical knowledge about the state of youth homelessness in America.
The United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), to be held in Quito, Ecuador, in October 2016, will focus on the global impact of cities on people, the environment, and governments as well as on the need to create a modern urban agenda.
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.
Located west of Portland, Oregon, in the city of Hillsboro, the new urbanist Orenco Station neighborhood embodies many of the region’s environmentally responsible urban planning policies.
As more people have looked to rental housing as an alternative to homeownership over the past 8 years, researchers have renewed their focus on the importance of rental market conditions in analyzing the overall housing market.
Nearly a decade after the onset of the housing and financial crises, several indicators show that the housing market is recovering. Housing starts and prices are up and delinquencies and foreclosures are down.
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