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Philanthropic Engagement Workshops, Forging a New HUD Together

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October 5, 2017  
Partnering across borders and sectors

The Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI) supports HUD staff in facilitating partnerships between philanthropy and government. To further this work, IPI recently launched the Philanthropic Engagement Workshops for HUD staff in San Francisco and Los Angeles, California.

These workshops, and the corresponding Philanthropic Engagement Toolkit, are designed to empower the federal government to set up effective partnerships with foundations. The workshops and toolkit provide useful information on foundations and suggest strategies that HUD staff and HUD community partners can utilize to build relationships with philanthropy. The workshops also included discussions between workshop participants and local philanthropic partners from Northern California Grantmakers, The San Francisco Foundation, and The California Community Foundation.

IPI looks forward to expanding the workshop and toolkit to other regions of the country who are interested in maximizing opportunities to partner with philanthropy.

International and Philanthropic Innovation

FORGING A NEW HUD TOGETHER | HUD is rethinking the agency from the bottom up by engaging career professionals, those who know what works well and what changes can be made to be more responsive to the American people. The following strategic goals will help to guide HUD's future partnerships with organizations dedicated to achieving shared outcomes:

    1)  Reimagine the way HUD works;

    2)  Restore the American Dream; and

    3)  Rethink American communities.

GLOBAL CITIES AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING: SYDNEY | Sydney, the state capital of New South Wales (NSW) and Australia's most populous city, is the nation's economic capital and a global city. It is not, however, without its share of housing issues. As urbanization increases, Sydney's headlines frequently read "Housing Out of Reach" and "The Death of the Australian Dream." The problem of prohibitive housing costs for lower income households has been neglected for decades and has resulted in Sydney relying on a "straphangers" labor supply, that is a workforce subject to long commutes to and from work. Without affordable housing, this labor force becomes compelled to seek employment in areas where they can afford to live or have long commutes to Sydney.  
GLOBAL CITIES AND AFFORDABLE HOUSING: HONG KONG | The second city in a series of case studies on affordable housing examines Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China. The city boasts 7.3 million residents, an independent economy, and its own commercial and international agreements. Its housing, however, is "severely unaffordable," according to the 2017 Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey. Read the entire case study on The Edge, a HUD online magazine.
PUBLIC-PHILANTHROPIC PARTNERSHIPS | Each year, HUD partners with the Council on Foundations to host the Secretary's Awards for Public-Philanthropic Partnerships. The awards honor foundations and their public-sector partners for working together to tackle problems in communities across America. Keep an eye out for more information about applications for the 2018 awards.  
CALL FOR CITYSCAPE SUBMISSIONS | The goal of Foreign Exchange, the international section of HUD's Cityscape journal, is to deliver high-quality research on housing and community development issues abroad that could deliver value to communities here in the United States. By linking international innovations and promising practices to similar conditions and contexts here in the States, research can further the conversation on applying creative solutions to communities' most pressing challenges.  
HUD's Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation invites submissions to the journal. Submission of a short (2–3 paragraph) treatment of your proposed article is requested. Please send submissions to
Other News at HUD - In Case You Missed It 

LEADERSHIP: Pamela Hughes Patenaude is the new Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
JOBS AND EDUCATION: To help public housing residents become self-sufficient, HUD awarded $2 million in grants to public housing authorities and non-profit organizations across the nation to hire or retain service coordinators to help residents find jobs and educational opportunities.
HEALTH AND HOUSING: HUD awarded $4.2 million to eight universities and public health organizations to develop new and improved methods to identify and control residential health hazards including lead-based paint, mold, radon and pest infestations. These grants are particularly important to protect vulnerable populations, such as children, seniors, and people with chronic illnesses such as asthma, from exposure to these hazards.
DISASTER RELIEF: Given several recent disasters, the President announced several major disaster declarations. The President's declaration allows HUD to offer foreclosure relief and other assistance to certain families living in the designated areas.
HOUSING DISCRIMINATION: Persons living with mental illness, intellectual or other developmental disabilities continue to face significant housing discrimination in the rental housing market, according to a new pilot study released by HUD.

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