January 21, 2015

Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants are Transforming Neighborhoods

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On January 16th, HUD Secretary Julián Castro announced a new round of Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants. After a highly competitive process with over 50 applicants, targeted federal investments of up to $500,000 were awarded to neighborhoods in: Flint, MI; Gary, IN; Louisville, KY; Mobile, AL; North Las Vegas, NV; and St. Louis, MO. These awards are the first step in transforming neighborhoods of distress into neighborhoods of opportunity. The strides made by the existing Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grantees show the transformative power that a small federal investment can have on local communities. Continue reading

January 20, 2015

The National Resource Network: Building on Meridian’s Foundation for Growth

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We are living in a Century of Cities.

For years, more and more Americans have been moving back to cities. By 2050, the Census Bureau projects that the entire population will grow by 80 million people, 60 million of which are likely to live in urban areas. And cities are the heart of regional economies—impacting suburban, rural and tribal areas. This is why the creation of thriving urban areas should be a top national priority. Continue reading

January 19, 2015

Secretary Julián Castro to Answer Housing Questions in Live Fireside Chat

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On Wednesday, January 21 at 9:15 EST, join Secretary Julián Castro and Zillow’s Chief Economist Stan Humphries for a live fireside chat at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. In a live-streamed event hosted by Zillow, Secretary Castro will respond to questions from the social media community using the #HousinginAmerica hashtag. Continue reading

January 16, 2015

HUD and the Build America Initiative

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Building a 21st century infrastructure is a critical component of the Obama Administration’s efforts to accelerate economic growth, expand opportunity, create jobs and improve the competitiveness of the American economy. As part of this effort, President Obama launched the Build America Investment Initiative in July 2014, calling on federal agencies to find new ways to increase investment in ports, roads, bridges, broadband networks, drinking water and sewer systems and other projects by facilitating partnerships between federal, state and local governments and private sector investors. Continue reading