July 1, 2015

Forty States and Communities Advance in $1 Billion National Disaster Resilience Competition

NDRC blog post

On June 22, HUD Secretary Julián Castro invited 40 communities  to compete in the second and final phase of the National Disaster Resilience Competition. These finalists—representing areas that have been declared natural disasters by the President in recent years—will compete for $1 billion in funding for disaster recovery and long-term community resilience.  See here for a full list of finalists. Continue reading

June 29, 2015

Baltimore’s Regional Approach to Create Opportunity

Photo: Outside view of Baltimore housing development.

Chances are that anything you’ve heard in the news about Baltimore recently has been connected to the civil unrest and the stark economic disparities that have plagued its communities for decades.  These challenges are significant, and overcoming them will require bold action and investment.  The good news is that important work is already happening to expand economic opportunities for the residents of Baltimore. Continue reading

June 10, 2015

Measuring Progress in the Housing Market

Photo: House with sold, for sale sign.

HUD’s May Housing Scorecard details the recovery of our nation’s housing market. As we look back, we witnessed progress among key indicators, including a spike in new home sales, a high level of  previously-owned home sales over the last two months, and gains in U.S. home values. While great progress is being made, we must continue to support programs that will allow more American families and homeowners to recover from the Great Recession.

Here’s a look back on our progress: Continue reading