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Cooling Buildings With Green Urban Infrastructure
Cooling Buildings With Green Urban Infrastructure

Summer is here, and the air is filled with the hum of air conditioning units cooling buildings and homes. Although the season’s high temperatures are felt throughout the country, these effects are intensified in urban areas, home to more than 71 percent of the U.S. population, due to the urban heat island (UHI) effect.




Providing Special Needs Housing through Scattered-Site Homes in Durant, Oklahoma
Providing Special Needs Housing through Scattered-Site Homes in Durant, Oklahoma

The city of Durant, the county seat of Bryan County, Oklahoma, faces a shortage of affordable housing, particularly for individuals with disabilities who require unique accommodations.



Ensuring Fire Safety in Building Construction
Ensuring Fire Safety in Building Construction

We have all followed the recent tragedy in London, where a fire at Grenfell Tower, a public housing building, caused a great loss of life.




Housing Needs of Native Hawaiians
Housing Needs of Native Hawaiians

HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research recently released Housing Needs of Native Hawaiians, a study that compares the housing conditions of Native Hawaiians to those of other residents of Hawaii and examines specific subgroups of Native Hawaiians in the context of federal policy.





Demographic Change and the Remodeling Outlook
Demographic Change and the Remodeling Outlook

The 2017 Computers in Libraries conference, held on March 28–30 in Arlington, Virginia, featured several new trends in information science.




Affordable Housing Opens near Transit in Denver, Colorado
Affordable Housing Opens near Transit in Denver, Colorado

As of 2012, the city of Denver had a shortage of more than 27,000 affordable rental units. As part of his pledge to reduce its affordable housing gap, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock unveiled the 3x5 Initiative in July 2013, a plan to construct and preserve 3,000 affordable housing units over 5 years.



HUD’s Green and Energy Retrofit Assessment: Key Findings and Policy Implications
HUD’s Green and Energy Retrofit Assessment: Key Findings and Policy Implications

Recent research assesses green and energy retrofits in HUD-subsidized housing. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) allocated $13.6 billion to HUD.





A New Era of Homeownership
A New Era of Homeownership

On June 1, 2017, HUD kicked off National Homeownership Month by hosting A New Era of Homeownership, a forum that brought together a diverse group of experts to examine current forces at work in the nation’s housing markets.




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.




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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