October 5, 2016

Measuring Progress in the Housing Market

 

Housing Score Card

HUD’s monthly housing scorecard provides a snapshot of the state of our nation’s housing market, our programs’ performance, and areas for improvement. As we look back on September, we saw continued progress in our nation’s housing recovery. The latest data show growth among key indicators: a sharp gain in homeowners’ equity and a continued decline in the number of underwater borrowers. In addition, the September scorecard introduces HUD’s rental affordability index, which highlights the changes in rental affordability across the nation. While our housing market is on a healthy trajectory, it’s clear we must continue investing in programs that help more responsible Americans achieve the dream of homeownership. Continue reading

September 30, 2016

Scaling Solutions: Strategies for Building Effective Philanthropy Partnerships

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When you think of natural partnerships, government and philanthropy may not be your first thought. In HUD’s new report, Scaling Solutions: A How-To Guide for Unleashing the Potential of Public-Philanthropic Partnerships, we work to turn those perceptions around.  This guide describes the unique collaboration between philanthropy and government that emerged during HUD’s Sustainable Communities Initiative. On the local, regional, and national levels, philanthropies and the public sector are leveraging each other’s strengths to deliver results for communities and build projects together from the ground up. Continue reading

September 12, 2016

Measuring Progress in the Housing Market

New affordable homes in Orlando FloridaApril 2005

HUD’s latest housing scorecard provides a snapshot of the recovery of our nation’s housing market during August. As we look back, we witnessed notable progress among key indicators, including a surge in new home sales, increasing home values, and a continued decline in foreclosure starts and completions. Although this scorecard notes that the housing market is on a healthy trajectory, we must stay committed to helping American families and homeowners.

Here’s a closer look at the trends in some of the top indicators:  Continue reading

August 10, 2016

Resilient Miami: Hope, mangroves and stilts

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Photo: Miami-Dade high school students working on a task:  What are the challenges and strengths of the area where your school is located, and what can you do to make it a resilient community for you, your younger siblings and your grandparents?

After hearing so many times that Miami is ground zero for potential impacts from sea level rise, I finally decided it was time to stop ignoring the images of water bubbling up from the drains after big storms, and start looking for the highest (not man-made) point in the region. Once located, my next step was to find a way to move there. Continue reading