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The 2021 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition

Last month, HUD announced the winners of the 2021 Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition. Student teams proposed redevelopment plans to create workforce opportunities and a cohesive community among housing units from five contiguous properties in Firebaugh, California. The Pratt Institute and New York University team won first place and the University of Michigan and Harvard team was the runner-up.

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Message from PD&R Leadership:
New Associate Deputy Assistant Secretary Peter Kahn Reflects on His Work for PD&R and Discusses the Recent Quarterly Update
In this week’s message, Peter Kahn introduces himself as the new associate deputy assistant secretary for PD&R. Mr. Kahn has worked in PD&R's Office of Economic Affairs for over 15 years, where he focused on HUD’s Fair Market Rents data. He shares highlights from PD&R’s recent Quarterly Update on Services in HUD-Assisted Housing.

A Methodology for Collecting Data on Encampment Responses and their Associated Cost
In 2019, HUD and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Assistant Secretary of Planning and Evaluation launched a joint study to better understand encampments of people experiencing homelessness and how localities respond to them. The report’s findings underscore the importance of a housing first response to unsheltered homelessness.

In Practice:
New Affordable Housing Opportunity in LaGrange, Georgia
Phoenix Landing is a 70-unit public housing development in LaGrange, Georgia. The $12 million development is the first public housing development in 50 years for Troup County. The building focuses on providing affordable housing for seniors and health and educational services at the HUD-designated LaGrange EnVision Center.

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