November 10, 2015

Measuring Progress in the Housing Market

Photo: Construction workers build a new home.

Our latest housing scorecard gives us a closer look at our nation’s housing market recovery, the performance of the Administration’s foreclosure mitigation programs, and areas for improvement. As we look back on October, we saw continued progress in our nation’s housing recovery.  The latest data show progress among key indicators, including growing strength in existing home sales and a continued upward trend in home values. Although this scorecard notes that the housing market is on a healthy trajectory, we must stay committed to helping American families and homeowners. Continue reading

November 6, 2015

New Choice Neighborhoods Awards Bring Community Transformation Plans to Life

Photo: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramírez at the announcement of the Sacramento Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant award.

In Sacramento, CA, the River District-Railyards neighborhood, once the western terminus of the First Transcontinental Railroad area, was a hub for industrial, warehousing, and distribution activities in the region. As other modes of transportation became available, however, the area declined and was increasingly isolated for decades. But the community and local leaders have been determined to turn their neighborhood around. Supported in part by a FY 2011 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant, they built a strong coalition of stakeholders and a community-driven transformation plan. Continue reading

A Day in the Life: Program Support Division, Atlanta Homeownership Center

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Photo: Gayle Knowlson in the center between Secretary Castro and Deputy Secretary Coloretti.

Welcome to another edition of our series, A Day in the Life, which will introduce you to HUD employees and highlight the important work they do.

Today, we meet Gayle F. Knowlson, Director of the Program Support Division, Atlanta Homeownership Center. Gayle was recently honored during HUD’s 50th Anniversary celebration for achieving the honor and distinction of serving with the federal government for 50 years. Continue reading

October 29, 2015

Point-in-Time Volunteering: A Window into the Work Still to be Done to End Homelessness

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While participating in the Point-in-Time count recently, I had a glimpse into the world of homelessness. I saw a variety of circumstances experienced by homeless individuals and learned that the journey to end homelessness in Richmond, Virginia continues. The number of homeless adults and children remains unchanged from last year but is down nearly 29 percent since 2009. Continue reading

October 22, 2015

New housing rule protects most vulnerable women from sexual harassment in their home

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A home should be a refuge and a place of comfort. But for many women their landlords are a source of fear, demanding sexual favors along with rent money. This kind of sexual harassment isn’t often in the news cycle but it happens routinely, just below the radar, and it’s one of the subjects of a new rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to protect the most vulnerable women from predatory landlords or others.

Most of us know and have long recognized that the Fair Housing Act prohibits harassment in housing and housing-related transactions because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability and familial status. Continue reading