November 9, 2016

Measuring Progress in the Housing Market

Housing Score Card

Our latest housing scorecard provides a detailed look at the recovery of our nation’s housing market and the success of the Obama Administration’s programs. In October, we witnessed progress among key indicators including a rebound in both new and existing home sales and the lowest level of foreclosure starts since May 2005. While the housing market is being reenergized, there is still a need to support programs that help more Americans recover from the Great Recession. Continue reading

October 28, 2016

Tomica’s story: Putting a human face to homeless data

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Tomica speaking at panel discussion

Recently, I attended a panel discussion about the value of data in the effort to end homelessness.  While all the policy wonks gathered to digest the data, one young lady brought the data to life, and reminded me that all the numbers represent real people. Homeless since she was 11, the now 23-year old woman named Tomica, told her story of her path to find a permanent home.

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October 13, 2016

Let’s Talk Resilient, High-Performance Infrastructure

Photo: Rendering of public open space along the Allegheny River at the 43rd Street District looking towards downtown Pittsburgh; rendering was completed for the Allegheny Riverfront Green Boulevard Plan funded by a 2010 HUD Community Challenge Planning Grant Source: Sasaki

Communities across the country are struggling to respond to a variety of stresses – from climate change to changing development patterns. Today, Secretary Castro announced the allocation of $500 million in disaster recovery funding to Louisiana, Texas and West Virginia to help those states and most affected counties recover from 6 separate Presidentially-declared disasters in 2016.  The impacts of Hurricane Matthew are still being assessed, but that storm cut a swath of destruction across 4 states – Florida, Georgia, and North and South Carolina.  Continue reading