December 6, 2016

Measuring Progress in the Housing Market

houses_1814-1024x708

HUD’s housing scorecard provides a monthly snapshot of our nation’s housing market and measures how the Administration’s initiatives are serving Americans. Looking back on November, we witnessed notable progress among key indicators: a continued increase in existing home sales and an uptick in home values. While housing is being reenergized, there is still a need to support programs that help more hardworking, responsible Americans recover from the Great Recession. Continue reading

December 1, 2016

Creating Healthier Communities with Smoke-Free Public Housing

Photo caption: “Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, healthy home free from harmful second-hand cigarette smoke,” —HUD Secretary Julián Castro

Photo caption: “Every child deserves to grow up in a safe, healthy home free from harmful second-hand cigarette smoke,” —HUD Secretary Julián Castro

Over a year ago, Secretary Castro announced a proposed rule to make our nation’s public housing units smoke-free, with the support of public health leaders such as Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy and the Centers for Disease Control, which concluded that there is no safe level of exposure to secondhand smoke. Yesterday in Boston, Secretary Castro announced our final smoke-free rule that will require more than 3,100 public housing agencies to implement smoke-free policies in their developments. This effort will protect public housing residents from the harmful health and safety effects of lit tobacco inside apartments and in common areas.

Continue reading

November 14, 2016

HUD’s Human Touch

Photo: Multitasking at its finest! Tony Landecker soothes the daughter of a Baton Rouge flood survivor while speaking to a landlord about rehousing her family.

My name is Tony Landecker and I work in HUD’s Minneapolis field office. My day-to-day job at HUD is working with public housing authorities in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area where I help manage their housing units.

On September 24th, I volunteered to deploy to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to join the Disaster Response Team to help more than 60,000 displaced residents find homes after the devastating floods in August. Continue reading

November 9, 2016

Measuring Progress in the Housing Market

Housing Score Card

Our latest housing scorecard provides a detailed look at the recovery of our nation’s housing market and the success of the Obama Administration’s programs. In October, we witnessed progress among key indicators including a rebound in both new and existing home sales and the lowest level of foreclosure starts since May 2005. While the housing market is being reenergized, there is still a need to support programs that help more Americans recover from the Great Recession. Continue reading

October 28, 2016

Tomica’s story: Putting a human face to homeless data

Written by:

Tomica speaking at panel discussion

Recently, I attended a panel discussion about the value of data in the effort to end homelessness.  While all the policy wonks gathered to digest the data, one young lady brought the data to life, and reminded me that all the numbers represent real people. Homeless since she was 11, the now 23-year old woman named Tomica, told her story of her path to find a permanent home.

Continue reading