April 7, 2011

To Renovate, and Surpass, City’s Legacy

NEW ORLEANS — As Democrats and Republicans continue to feud over the budget, and the federal government prepares to shut down, the effect of the budget war on the fate of a single proposal for the renovation of a dilapidated public housing project in New Orleans may seem inconsequential. The proposal, which calls for transforming […]

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April 6, 2011

Giving Our Children Opportunity by Transforming Neighborhoods

Today, I joined Mayor Bloomberg to attend the ground-breaking of the Promise Academy Charter School in the Harlem Children’s Zone, the remarkable education and anti-poverty effort led by Geoffrey Canada. What makes the Harlem Children’s Zone unique isn’t simply that it encourages children to have dreams – but that it helps children see a path […]

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April 4, 2011

The Greening of Public Housing

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Envision solar panels in rooftops, smart toilets that save water and energy efficient lighting fixtures. Doesn’t sound like public housing, right? But this vision of tomorrow’s public housing is happening today. We’re all looking for ways to cut energy costs and consumption, which is exactly why next week HUD is hosting “Going Green: Intelligent Investments […]

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March 18, 2011

Choice Neighborhoods: Improving Housing and Lives

Today HUD announced that 17 communities across the U.S. will receive HUD’s first Choice Neighborhood Planning Grants. While the maximum grant is only $250,000, the lasting impact this funding will have on children who have been left behind in some of this nation’s poorest neighborhoods is infinite. For example, this funding will allow the Albany […]

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March 14, 2011

Helping Public Housing Go Green

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Our guest bloggers today are Salima Appiah-Kubi and Julia Brooke Hustwit, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing In light of the nation’s economy and resultant budget cuts, it is essential – now more than ever – to make smart choices in public housing. It is equally important to maintain the housing priorities that will […]

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