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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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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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Addressing Barriers to Economic Mobility
Addressing Barriers to Economic Mobility

In September 2016, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners convened for “Promoting Economic Mobility: Putting Evidence to Action for Communities,” a conference hosted by the Urban Institute and the Citi Foundation.
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Building Partnerships, Building Communities: Exploring Tribal Housing Opportunities in the Northern Plains
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PD&R speaks with Lourdes Castro Ramírez, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, about a housing summit hosted by HUD’s Northern Plains Office of Native American Programs (NPONAP) and the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) to explore innovative models and solutions to preserving and expanding affordable housing.     readmore

 
Fostering Child Well-Being and Healthy Homes – Part 2
Fostering Child Well-Being and Healthy Homes – Part 2

The federal government has long recognized the connection between housing and health. As HUD Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research (PD&R) Katherine O’Regan noted in the Winter 2016 issue of Evidence Matters, part of HUD’s mission from the start has been the promotion of healthy and sanitary housing.
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The Case for Small Home Design as a Component of Sustainability Efforts
The Case for Small Home Design as a Component of Sustainability Efforts

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.
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Fostering Child Well-Being and Healthy Homes
Fostering Child Well-Being and Healthy Homes

Poor-quality, unhealthy housing poses both short- and long-term risks for resident safety and well-being and results in long-term costs to both individuals and society.
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Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity Builds Affordable, Energy-Efficient Homes in Manchester, Vermont

Bennington Area Habitat for Humanity Builds Affordable, Energy-Efficient Homes in Manchester, Vermont

Even with a population of only 4,391, the town of Manchester in southwestern Vermont struggles with the high housing costs experienced throughout the state.
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Habitat III Miami Convening on Building a Resilient South Florida: “Stop Thinking This Is Someone Else’s Problem.”
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“Each one of us is part of the problem. Each one of us has the potential to be a part of the solution. Stop thinking this is someone else’s problem.”
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Environmentally Sustainable Neighborhood Revitalization in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Environmentally Sustainable Neighborhood Revitalization in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The neighborhoods of Larimer and East Liberty, located three miles east of Pittsburgh’s downtown, are in the midst of revitalization as a result of years of community activism leading to a Choice Neighborhoods implementation grant in 2014.
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Managing Community Change: A Dialogue on Gentrification
Managing Community Change: A Dialogue on Gentrification

Gentrification is a form of neighborhood change that occurs when higher-income groups move into low-income neighborhoods, increasing the demand for housing and driving up prices.
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Hillsboro’s Orenco Station Adds Passive House Affordable Housing

Hillsboro’s Orenco Station Adds Passive House Affordable Housing

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.
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Green Building in the Residential Market
Green Building in the Residential Market

Buildings account for a large share of electricity consumption, overall energy use, and carbon dioxide emissions in the United States.
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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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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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The 2016 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition
The 2016 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition

University of Texas at Austin Wins First Place; University of Maryland at College Park Is the Runner-Up
The 2016 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing (IAH) Student Design and Planning Competition came to a close on April 19, 2016, at HUD Headquarters.
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Addressing Housing Needs of Formerly Incarcerated Individuals, An Interview with Kymian Ray
Addressing Housing Needs of Formerly Incarcerated Individuals, An Interview with Kymian Ray

In this column, Kymian Ray, Neighborhood and Community Investment Specialist, Public Housing Community and Supportive Services at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, highlights how HUD and other federal agencies are addressing the housing challenges of formerly incarcerated individuals.
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