Last week, HUD Secretary Julián Castro issued an open letter to utility companies across the United States encouraging them to work with building owners to facilitate access to whole-building utility usage data. This is a critical issue for owners and operators of multifamily housing, and particularly for the affordable housing community and HUD. Continue reading
Introducing the 2015 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition
We are excited to announce the second year of the HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition (IAH). The competition officially launched November 12 and registration is now open! Complete information is available on the competition’s website. Continue reading
Welcome to another edition of our blog series, A Day in the Life, which will introduce you to HUD employees and highlight the important work they do.
Today we meet Lee González, Civil Rights Analyst, Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO), Boston Regional Office. Continue reading
As we look back on October, we witnessed progress in our nation’s economic recovery, including a rise in total employment numbers to above pre-recession levels and a drop in the unemployment rate to 5.8 percent. This headway translated into some of the positive trends we are seeing today in the housing market. We measure the health of the housing market through several important tools; one particularly powerful one is HUD’s monthly Housing Scorecard, which shows how well our programs are serving the American people and where we can make improvement—because as many Americans continue to recover from the Great Recession, much more can be done. Continue reading
HUD has been working with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to pursue energy efficiency initiatives that will yield significant cost savings to the federal government, property owners, and building residents. Today, some of those efforts are bearing fruit as the EPA announces 17 multifamily housing properties that are the first in the nation to earn EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification for superior energy efficiency. Continue reading