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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.


The 2017 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition
The 2017 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition

When the four finalist student teams arrived in Cleveland last month to visit one of the oldest public housing developments in the country, they knew that the site chosen for this year’s Innovation in Affordable Housing competition would challenge them to apply their planning skills to a larger context.




Childhood Housing and Adult Earnings: A Between-Siblings Analysis of Housing Vouchers and Public Housing
Childhood Housing and Adult Earnings: A Between-Siblings Analysis of Housing Vouchers and Public Housing

A recent report sponsored by HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research through its Research Partnership program sheds new light on the long-term effects that participation in voucher-assisted and public housing can have on future earnings and incarceration rates.



Earthquake Performance of Six-Story Building With Cold-Formed Steel Framing
Earthquake Performance of Six-Story Building With Cold-Formed Steel Framing

As part of the Research Partnerships program, HUD supported this study to learn how buildings with cold-formed, often called light-gauge, steel framing performed during earthquakes.




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.




Village Offers Housing, Community, and Microenterprise Opportunities for Austin’s Chronically Homeless
Village Offers Housing, Community, and Microenterprise Opportunities for Austin’s Chronically Homeless

Community First! Village is a 27-acre community 7 miles from downtown Austin, Texas, that will soon provide 240 housing units for persons experiencing chronic homelessness as well as volunteers and staff.



Honoring Preservation Efforts With the ACHP/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation
Honoring Preservation Efforts With the ACHP/HUD Secretary’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation

Historic preservation efforts restore or rehabilitate buildings that have architectural and cultural significance. When these efforts include expanding affordable housing or promoting economic development, they also help support HUD’s mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.


The First-Time Homebuyer Education and Counseling Demonstration
Photo showing the front facades of a row of two-story townhouses on a suburban street

Homeownership is often seen as the cornerstone of the American Dream. However, the homebuying process can be confusing and difficult to navigate for first-time homebuyers. To ease this potentially difficult process, The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) supports and oversees a network of nonprofit and governmental housing counseling agencies.


Wabash Estates Provides Cooperative Affordable Housing for Seniors in Baltimore
Wabash Estates Provides Cooperative Affordable Housing for Seniors in Baltimore

Most seniors prefer to live at home rather than move to an institution. Aging in place has been shown to reduce costs for older individuals, healthcare systems, and governments.




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.



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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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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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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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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Landmark Family Options Study Has Clear Policy Implications
Landmark Family Options Study Has Clear Policy Implications

The recently released Family Options Study: 3-Year Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families report describes the results of “a landmark study in our long quest to eliminate homelessness in America,” said HUD Secretary Julián Castro.
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Family Options Study: 3-Year Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families
Family Options Study: 3-Year Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families

HUD’s recently released report, Family Options Study: Three-year Impacts of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families, offers critical insights about the long-term effectiveness of various programs to address homelessness for families with children.
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Affordable Housing in Central Washington State for Seasonal Agricultural Workers
Affordable Housing in Central Washington State for Seasonal Agricultural Workers

Finding affordable rental housing is difficult for seasonal farmworkers who travel to Washington state, the nation’s top producer of apples, cherries, red raspberries, and several other crops.
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