April 2, 2012

Moving Forward Together to Reduce Youth Violence

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Our guest blogger today is Maria Queen, Federal Interagency Youth Initiatives, Community and Supportive Services Grant Manager, Office of Public and Indian Housing Youth violence is a serious problem in the United States. The U.S. Center for Disease Control estimates that 5,048 youth between the ages of 10 and 24 were victims of homicide in 2009. Youth and […]

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March 23, 2012

Small Steps to Make Americans Healthier

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Earlier this week, I was fortunate to join Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, U.S. Surgeon General Regina M. Benjamin and Dr.  JudyAnn Bigby, Secretary of Health and Human Services for Massachusetts to talk about HUD’s efforts to  promote health and prevent disease. This includes our work to encourage smoke-free housing.  The event, at Boston’s Northeastern University, […]

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January 17, 2012

Study of the Day: HUD’s Housing Legacy

Last year, HUD released its final Moving to Opportunity for Fair Housing report.  A fourteen year study, MTO examined how families who moved to a neighborhood with lower poverty and crime saw sustained improvements in the family environment, housing quality and health. Yesterday as we celebrated the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Atlantic […]

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January 13, 2012

Preserving Affordable Housing

Public housing is at a crossroads.  With a capital needs backlog of $26 billion and chronic funding shortfalls, we have already lost 150,000 units in the past 15 years. At the same time, with 7 million households paying more than half their income for housing, living in substandard housing, or both, the need for affordable housing is growing. That’s why the Rental Assistance […]

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January 11, 2012

Transforming Our Nation’s Neighborhoods

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Yesterday, HUD announced that 13 communities across the country will receive $3.6 million in Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants.  These grants will allow communities to transform public and assisted housing within a distressed community. Read more about these communities and how the Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, the Cincinnati Metropolitan Housing Authority, the Metropolitan Housing Alliance […]

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