August 10, 2016

Resilient Miami: Hope, mangroves and stilts

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Photo: Miami-Dade high school students working on a task:  What are the challenges and strengths of the area where your school is located, and what can you do to make it a resilient community for you, your younger siblings and your grandparents?

After hearing so many times that Miami is ground zero for potential impacts from sea level rise, I finally decided it was time to stop ignoring the images of water bubbling up from the drains after big storms, and start looking for the highest (not man-made) point in the region. Once located, my next step was to find a way to move there. Continue reading

August 2, 2016

Measuring Progress in the Housing Market

Photo: Row of homes.

HUD’s housing scorecard provides a monthly snapshot of our nation’s housing market and how our initiatives are serving Americans. As we look back on July, we witnessed progress among key indicators including a rebound in purchases of new homes, a continued increase in existing home sales, and a dip in mortgage rates to another three-year low.  While our housing market is on a healthy trajectory, it’s clear we must continue to support programs that help more Americans recover from the Great Recession. Continue reading

July 6, 2016

Measuring Progress in the Housing Market

New affordable homes in Orlando Florida April 2005

Our latest housing scorecard examines housing recovery data, our programs’ performance, and areas for improvement. As we look back on June, we saw continued progress in our nation’s housing recovery. The latest data show growth among key indicators: sales of existing homes reached their highest pace in more than nine years, a sharp gain in homeowners’ equity, and a steady increase in home values. While our housing market is on a healthy trajectory, it’s clear we must continue to support programs that help more Americans recover from the Great Recession. Continue reading

June 27, 2016

Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA): How Can Faith and Community Organizations Be Involved?

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Photo: HIV/AIDS Awareness Days.

Housing is a critical component of health, particularly for those with HIV/AIDS. HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program recognizes the stabilizing role of housing as a platform to receive healthcare and services to help manage HIV and AIDS. Through this program and other resources, faith and community organizations can assist those living with HIV/AIDS to obtain housing, social services, and other resources to help them maintain quality of life with HIV/AIDS. Continue reading