September 10, 2014

Rebuild by Design: A Model For Disaster Resilience

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Shortly after Hurricane Sandy struck the Northeast, President Obama appointed former HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan to lead the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force. When President Obama announced the Task Force, he said its goal was to “improve the region’s resilience, health, and prosperity by building for the future.” One of the key components of ensuring the region is more prepared for the future has been Rebuild by Design, an extraordinary competition that, through an intense collaborative process, created proposals for how we can use public and private resources on innovative and resilient infrastructure projects.  In fact, Rebuild by Design was named first as CNN’s top 10 most innovative ideas of 2013. Continue reading

September 2, 2014

Knowing Your Cost of Housing and Transportation Makes You a Better Consumer

City of Beaverton

For many families, buying a home is the single most important financial decision of their lives. But just as important as choosing the right type of home is the decision of where that home should be.  The housing market provides a wide variety of options at different price points for potential homebuyers and renters—from a condominium on a busy downtown street, to a suburban home with a two-car garage, to a fixer-upper in a revitalizing neighborhood. Continue reading

August 26, 2014

A summer of opportunities and learning

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This summer, I had the opportunity to work at HUD’s Region 1 office in Boston as a Field Policy and Management Intern. Throughout the internship, one of the key things I learned is how interconnected HUD is with other local, state, and federal agencies. I also observed how the collaboration between agencies is tremendously important to improving the lives of the people and families they serve. Continue reading

August 21, 2014

HUD’s CDBG Program at 40: A Legacy of Opportunity

President Gerald R. Ford signs into law the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.

Forty years ago this month, President Gerald Ford signed into law the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, giving birth to the Community Development Block Grant Program.  In the 40 years since, CDBG has been at work in thousands of urban and rural communities, supporting a wide variety of activities from improving public infrastructure to producing affordable housing. Continue reading