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Promoting Homeownership as a Strategy for Housing Affordability
Promoting Homeownership as a Strategy for Housing Affordability

In the United States, owning a home is the largest generator of wealth for families, exceeding even a household’s income or their level of educational attainment.



Los Angeles-Based Pilot Stabilizes Small Landlords in Vulnerable Neighborhoods
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A coalition of philanthropic and nonprofit partners are piloting a new initiative in select neighborhoods in Los Angeles that is intended to stabilize small landlords whose tenants have been disproportionately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.



Adaptive Reuse of Historic High School Provides a Low-Carbon Community for Seniors in East Haven, Connecticut
Adaptive Reuse of Historic High School Provides a Low-Carbon Community for Seniors in East Haven, Connecticut

East Haven High School in East Haven, Connecticut, had been vacant for more than 20 years when town officials issued a request for proposals to rehabilitate the historic landmark.




The 2021 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition
The 2021 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition

The 2021 Innovation in Affordable Housing (IAH) Student Design and Planning Competition partnered with Fresno Housing Authority (FHA) to challenge teams to create innovative workforce housing solutions for residents of Firebaugh, California.



Redwood Crossings Provides Permanent Supportive Housing in Salem, Oregon
Redwood Crossings Provides Permanent Supportive Housing in Salem, Oregon

Redwood Crossings is the first development in Salem, Oregon, to offer permanent supportive housing to individuals experiencing homelessness or at risk of homelessness.




Bringing Education and Affordable Housing Together for Farmworker Families in California
Bringing Education and Affordable Housing Together for Farmworker Families in California

The Corona neighborhood of Queens, New York, faces some significant challenges, such as providing affordable housing for seniors and reducing overcrowding in local childcare and education facilities.




HUD’s New Research Awards in 2020
HUD’s New Research Awards in 2020

It is the mission of HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) to provide reliable and objective housing research and market data for its constituents — housing and community development researchers, academics, policymakers, and the American public.



Making and Maintaining Housing Affordability
Making and Maintaining Housing Affordability

Policymakers and researchers, over the course of decades, have developed numerous approaches to promoting housing affordability.



An Overview of Historical Reports on HUD User
An Overview of Historical Reports on HUD User

Since its creation as a HUD office in 1973, the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) has sponsored and disseminated groundbreaking research.



Building an Affordable Community in Louisville, Colorado
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Over the past two decades, the small city of Louisville in Boulder County, Colorado, has struggled to maintain housing affordability for low- and middle-income households as the area’s growth in home prices has outpaced its growth in wages.




Diverse Projects and Shared Effort Characterize Opportunity Zone Initiatives
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Opportunity Zones are a place-based strategy to spur needed revitalization in underinvested areas throughout the United States.



Combining Affordable Housing With Medical Care and Education
Combining Affordable Housing With Medical Care and Education

Despite the economic success that characterizes many parts of the city, residents of Washington, DC’s 7th Ward continue to experience poverty, homelessness, and inadequate access to medical care at disproportionate rates.




Ensuring Long-Term and Stable Affordability With Community Land Banks and Trusts
Ensuring Long-Term and Stable Affordability With Community Land Banks and Trusts

A significant component of the overall cost of housing is the value of the underlying land. When that value is determined in large part by market forces, competing social priorities such as providing affordable housing, ensuring mixed-income communities, and reserving space for public uses may go unrealized.



Promoting Research-Informed Policy and Practice With Evidence Matters
Promoting Research-Informed Policy and Practice With Evidence Matters

Since 2011, HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research has published Evidence Matters, a journal aimed at policymakers, researchers, and practitioners that focuses on the ways in which research informs housing and community development policy.



Affordable Housing in Silicon Valley Puts Focus on Sustainability
Affordable Housing in Silicon Valley Puts Focus on Sustainability”

Edwina Benner Plaza, located in Sunnyvale, California, is providing much-needed affordable housing while advancing sustainability-minded design.




Creating Connections With Pocket Neighborhoods at Community Gardens
Creating Connections With Pocket Neighborhoods at Community Gardens

Opened in October 2018, Community Gardens is a 50-unit affordable senior development built in the pedestrian-focused "pocket neighborhood" style in Springfield, Ohio.




New Affordable Housing for Year-Round Residents of Martha’s Vineyard
New Affordable Housing for Year-Round Residents of Martha’s Vineyard

The island of Martha’s Vineyard, situated off of the southeastern coast of Massachusetts, has long been a destination for wealthy tourists and second homeowners.




My Energy Journey
My Energy Journey

Like many of you, I live in an older home. Built in 1941, my Cape Cod in northern Virginia reflected the consumer priorities and technical capabilities of the time. Energy was cheap, and energy efficiency was expensive.



2020 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition Site Visit: Santa Fe County Housing Authority, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2020 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition
Site Visit: Santa Fe County Housing Authority, Santa Fe, New Mexico

This year’s Innovation in Affordable Housing (IAH) Student Design and Planning Competition will challenge the four finalist teams — the University of California, Berkeley; the University of Maryland at College Park; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Yale University — to create innovative housing while preserving and celebrating the unique culture of Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Neighborhood Transformation in North Minneapolis, Minnesota
Neighborhood Transformation in North Minneapolis, Minnesota

In north Minneapolis, Minnesota, affordable housing is transforming a long-declining neighborhood hard hit by the foreclosure crisis and Great Recession.