March 28, 2016

ConnectHome is connecting families to 21st Century digital opportunities. Here’s how.

"I am really glad this program exists for my kids, and I'm thankful for the services they now have." -Stacie Brown, mother of ConnectHome family in Little Rock.

“I am really glad this program exists for my kids, and I’m thankful for the services they now have.” —Stacie Brown, mother of ConnectHome family in Little Rock.

Just seven months after President Barack Obama and HUD Secretary Julián Castro launched ConnectHome, the first families in HUD-assisted housing are getting online.

“America’s challenge in this 21st century is to remain the world’s undisputed land of opportunity,” says Secretary Castro. “By accelerating broadband adoption, ConnectHome will provide more Americans with the same high-speed access to knowledge and opportunity that millions of people already enjoy.” Continue reading

March 18, 2016

Celebrating Women’s History Month at Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live!

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Women’s History Month is always a time to pause and remember all the pioneering women of the past who have made immeasurable contributions in board rooms, classrooms, communities, and beyond.  It’s also a time for our nation to look ahead, and ensure we are doing everything we can to invest in young girls today so that they are ready to lead tomorrow. Continue reading

March 7, 2016

Measuring Progress in the Housing Market

Photo: new affordable homes.

Our most recent housing scorecard provides a closer look at the recovery of our nation’s housing market and the success of the Administration’s programs. While important progress is being made, American families and homeowners continue to recover from the Great Recession. The latest data show progress among key indicators including a strong momentum in existing home sales, an increase in home values – to the highest levels since December 2007 – and a decline in foreclosures.

Here’s a closer look back at some of our progress: Continue reading

March 3, 2016

A Day in the Life: Office of Housing, Jackson, Mississippi

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Welcome to another edition of our series, A Day in the Life, which will introduce you to HUD employees and highlight the important work they do.

Today we meet Jennie Chambers-Jones in the Jackson, Mississippi Field Office. Jennie is a team member of the office that handles the portfolio of multifamily properties that are privately owned and have rental subsidy contracts with HUD. Continue reading

February 17, 2016

The Recovery Act, Seven Years Later

Photo: house with foreclosure  sign.

Seven years ago, this country was in the grips of the most serious economic crisis since the Great Depression.  As our housing and financial markets were in full retreat, President Obama and the Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, an economic stimulus package designed to keep America working and to stop the bleeding in our economy. Continue reading