June 23, 2016

Fulfilling HUD’s Commitment to Creating Economic Opportunities

Photo: Man at a construction site.

A few years ago in New Orleans, Dwayne Shelley, a former resident of the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO), recalled how he systemically watched as HUD rehabilitated and rebuilt homes in his development after Hurricane Katrina. He complained that he and his neighbors were relegated to watching the progress while others came in and did the work. Continue reading

June 20, 2016

Expanding Horizons with STEM Education

“It gave me the feeling that if I could do this, then I could do anything.” – Tenderly Diaz, age 15.

“It gave me the feeling that if I could do this, then I could do anything.” – Tenderly Diaz, age 15.

The end of the school year is approaching, which is an opportunity for students in HUD-assisted communities to continue their education outside the classroom. Throughout the country, HUD convenes a growing number of students for workshops focusing on STEM— Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—through partnerships with STEM Innovation Networks and public housing agencies. Continue reading

June 9, 2016

Measuring Progress in the Housing Market

New affordable homes.

HUD’s housing scorecard provides a monthly snapshot of our nation’s housing market and measures how the Administration’s initiatives are serving Americans. Looking back on May, we witnessed notable progress among key indicators: sales of new and existing homes hit high levels and newly initiated foreclosures have remained below the pre-crisis monthly average for more than a year now. While housing is being reenergized, there is still a need to support programs that help more Americans recover from the Great Recession. Continue reading

May 24, 2016

Housing Providers Strategize on Ambitious Energy Goals

Photo: Solar panels on the roof of a multifamily property.

This month I attended the third annual Better Buildings Challenge Summit in Washington, D.C., where hundreds of America’s most influential commercial and industrial energy efficiency leaders came together to share the latest, most innovative, and most effective solutions to cut energy waste and carbon emissions from our nation’s commercial, industrial, and residential buildings.  There, I had the opportunity to meet many of the passionate, forward-thinking leaders who have signed up as Partners and hear about their successes and challenges.  I left both inspired by their commitment and humbled by its sheer magnitude. Continue reading

May 16, 2016

Transforming Lives with Summer Youth Job Opportunities

“I am gaining experience beyond my expectations.” –Christopher Hall, summer employment program participant.

“I am gaining experience beyond my expectations.” –Christopher Hall, summer employment program participant.

Two months of work can change a young person’s life. For Christopher, his summer job with the Housing Authority of New Orleans (HANO), through its Summer Employment Program, gave him the opportunity to gain experience, learn about affordable housing, build relationships with housing professionals, and awaken his interest in a public service career. Continue reading