Skip to main content

PD&R Edge Elist 07/16/2013


PD&R Edge Header Logo

PD&R's online magazine, The Edge, provides you with a snapshot view of our newly released research, periodicals, publications, news, and commentaries on housing and urban development issues. Stay informed on current topics and check back frequently, as our content is routinely updated.

New on The Edge

Message from Senior Leadership:
New Leadership Ties Research to Mission

Evaluation of HUD programs and demonstration projects is critical to promoting sustainable and inclusive communities for all. New Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Office of Research, Evaluation, and Monitoring (OREM) Calvin C. Johnson discusses the role of research in advancing HUD’s goals.

In Practice:
Capital Improvements as an Affordable Housing Priority

Lawmakers in Montgomery County, Maryland are hoping that new legislation will create expanded affordable housing opportunities in the land-scarce county. A recently passed bill will integrate affordable housing assessments into new capital projects in order to coordinate affordable housing with the county’s capital improvements.

Discrimination Against Same-Sex Couples in Rental Housing

Neither the Fair Housing Act of 1968 nor its amendments prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, although evidence suggests same-sex couples face barriers to housing access. PD&R recently sponsored the first large-scale study of housing discrimination against same sex couples in an effort to understand the extent of discrimination against this group.

Policy Update:
Confronting Concentrated Poverty With a Mixed-Income Strategy

In an effort to address the need for affordable housing and encourage the development of mixed-income communities, hundreds of jurisdictions have adopted inclusionary zoning (IZ) policies that vary greatly in how they are structured. An in-depth look at IZ programs in New York City and Chicago indicates that inclusionary zoning has the potential to produce affordable housing and to create socially and economically integrated communities, especially in markets where housing demand is high.

Statistical Reports:
Housing Scorecard June 2013

Home prices continue to rise and new and existing home sales remain strong. Foreclosure starts and completions are down significantly from a year ago, and since January 2012 rising home values have lifted 2.4 million homeowners back above water. Officials caution, however, that although mortgage delinquencies are trending down, they still remain quite high compared to historic norms. In addition, market conditions vary by region and the overall economic recovery remains fragile. The Administration's foreclosure mitigation programs continue to benefit millions of homeowners as the housing market recovers from an unprecedented crisis.



Image of multifamily housing units in Florida.

Should Age-Restricted Communities Be Exempt from Civil Rights Laws?
A 1988 amendment to the Fair Housing Act created an exemption allowing the development of age-restricted, senior housing. As these communities mature, there is concern that many do not meet the service needs of older residents and may be creating financial strains for local governments.


The Edge on mobile Icon. The Edge is now available on Apple iOS and Android powered smartphones!

Please send your comments and suggestions to



HUD USER | P.O. Box 23268, Washington, DC 20026-3268
Toll Free: 1-800-245-2691 | TDD: 1-800-927-7589
Local: 1-202-708-3178 | Fax: 1-202-708-9981