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Rebuilding Stronger and Faster After Natural Disasters
Rebuilding Stronger and Faster After Natural Disasters

In the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina, Sandy, Harvey, and Maria, state and local governments have gained considerable experience in handling the consequences of natural disasters.



Affordable Housing Goes Green in Anchorage, Alaska
Affordable Housing Goes Green in Anchorage, Alaska

The Muldoon Garden apartment complex, located near the eastern edge of Anchorage, Alaska, is expanding the city’s availability of affordable housing while demonstrating how sustainable, environmentally conscious design is both feasible and beneficial.



The St. James Plaza Affordable Apartments Provide a Lasting Legacy for a Faith Community in Alexandria, Virginia
The St. James Plaza Affordable Apartments Provide a Lasting Legacy for a Faith Community in Alexandria, Virginia

By 2013, the congregation of the St. James United Methodist Church had resolved to relocate from their large property in the Beauregard neighborhood of western Alexandria, Virginia, to a smaller site in the city’s downtown.


Innovative Housing Showcase 2019
Innovative Housing Showcase 2019

The Innovative Housing Showcase, held June 1–5 in Washington, DC, highlighted innovative technologies that create affordable and resilient housing to help address the nation’s housing challenges.



Fostering Housing Innovation to Improve Affordability and Resilience
Fostering Housing Innovation to Improve Affordability and Resilience

Faced with rising housing costs and increasingly frequent natural disasters, housing officials, builders, and developers must examine innovative technologies that can both decrease production costs and strengthen homes’ resistance to storms.


Thermal Imaging for Building Diagnostics
The World Habitat Awards

Have you ever wished that you could see into your walls? Would you like to find out where your energy losses are?



First Affordable Family Housing Development outside the City of Reading in Decades
First Affordable Family Housing Development outside the City of Reading in Decades

In February 2018, Housing Development Corporation MidAtlantic (HDC MidAtlantic), a nonprofit affordable housing development group, celebrated the completion of its affordable housing project in Berks County, Pennsylvania.



Fostering Healthy Architecture
Fostering Healthy Architecture

As Veronica Helms Garrison and Craig Evan Pollack state in a recent issue of HUD’s journal Cityscape, “The link between housing and health is far reaching and complex.”




Water Piping in the Home
Water Piping in the Home

Water piping is an important part of the hidden infrastructure in the home.Many of us never think about the performance and reliability of our municipal water distribution system or the pipes in the walls of our homes.



Affordable Apartments in Estes Park Serve Low-Income Workers Affected by Floods
Affordable Apartments in Estes Park Serve Low-Income Workers Affected by Floods

The resort community of Estes Park, Colorado, has a shortage of workforce housing that is compounded by economic seasonality, demography, and the catastrophic flooding of 2013.



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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