December 1, 2015

A Coordinated Approach to Recovery and Resiliency

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Our guest bloggers today are Holly Leicht, HUD Region II Administrator; Jerome Hatfield, FEMA Region II Administrator; and Colonel David Caldwell, District Commander for the US Army Corps of Engineers.

Leadership from HUD, FEMA, EPA, DOT, and DOI meet with federal disaster assistance grantees from New York State, New York City, and New Jersey.
In the wake of any disaster, anniversaries serve as moments to take stock of how far we’ve come, and how much we have left to accomplish. On October 28, the third anniversary of Superstorm Sandy focused public attention on continuing efforts to rebuild homes and businesses, and to restore a sense of normalcy for communities and people whose lives were upended by the storm.

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November 10, 2015

Measuring Progress in the Housing Market

Photo: Construction workers build a new home.

Our latest housing scorecard gives us a closer look at our nation’s housing market recovery, the performance of the Administration’s foreclosure mitigation programs, and areas for improvement. As we look back on October, we saw continued progress in our nation’s housing recovery.  The latest data show progress among key indicators, including growing strength in existing home sales and a continued upward trend in home values. Although this scorecard notes that the housing market is on a healthy trajectory, we must stay committed to helping American families and homeowners. Continue reading

November 6, 2015

New Choice Neighborhoods Awards Bring Community Transformation Plans to Life

Photo: Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Lourdes Castro Ramírez at the announcement of the Sacramento Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grant award.

In Sacramento, CA, the River District-Railyards neighborhood, once the western terminus of the First Transcontinental Railroad area, was a hub for industrial, warehousing, and distribution activities in the region. As other modes of transportation became available, however, the area declined and was increasingly isolated for decades. But the community and local leaders have been determined to turn their neighborhood around. Supported in part by a FY 2011 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant, they built a strong coalition of stakeholders and a community-driven transformation plan. Continue reading