November 6, 2015

A Day in the Life: Program Support Division, Atlanta Homeownership Center

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Photo: Gayle Knowlson in the center between Secretary Castro and Deputy Secretary Coloretti.

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 Gayle F. Knowlson, Director of the Program Support Division, Atlanta Homeownership Center. Gayle was recently honored during HUD’s 50th Anniversary celebration for achieving the honor and distinction of serving with the federal government for 50 years. Continue reading

October 29, 2015

Point-in-Time Volunteering: A Window into the Work Still to be Done to End Homelessness

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While participating in the Point-in-Time count recently, I had a glimpse into the world of homelessness. I saw a variety of circumstances experienced by homeless individuals and learned that the journey to end homelessness in Richmond, Virginia continues. The number of homeless adults and children remains unchanged from last year but is down nearly 29 percent since 2009. Continue reading

October 22, 2015

New housing rule protects most vulnerable women from sexual harassment in their home

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A home should be a refuge and a place of comfort. But for many women their landlords are a source of fear, demanding sexual favors along with rent money. This kind of sexual harassment isn’t often in the news cycle but it happens routinely, just below the radar, and it’s one of the subjects of a new rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to protect the most vulnerable women from predatory landlords or others.

Most of us know and have long recognized that the Fair Housing Act prohibits harassment in housing and housing-related transactions because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability and familial status. Continue reading

October 13, 2015

Measuring Progress in the Housing Market

Photo: Row of homes.

HUD’s September housing scorecard provides a closer look at the recovery of our nation’s housing market. Although this scorecard notes that the housing market is on a healthy trajectory, it’s clear we must stay committed to helping American families and homeowners who continue to recover from the Great Recession. The latest data shows progress among key indicators, including growing strength in new home sales, an uptick in homeowners equity, and a steep decline in the number of underwater borrowers.

Here’s a closer look: Continue reading