In 2008 I was sitting in an office building in Chicago when the greatest recession since the Great Depression began unleashing its full force on the American economy. Not only had Lehman Brothers and AIG tanked, but the Great Recession was taking many U.S. financial institutions with it. The housing market had also crashed, leaving many families trapped and anxious about their mortgages. Continue reading
Welcome to another edition of our blog series, A Day in the Life, which will introduce you to HUD employees and highlight the important work we do.
Today we meet Ellen Bradley who works in the Office of Public and Indian Housing at the Boston Field Office. Continue reading
No one who has served America in uniform should go without a safe, stable place to call home. When HUD released its annual Homeless Assessment Report in 2013 it was estimated that roughly 58,000 veterans—enough to fill Dodger stadium—were homeless on any given night across the country. Though that figure represented an 8 percent decline in veteran homelessness from 2012, the number of veterans sleeping on the streets remains simply unacceptable. Continue reading
As President Obama said in this year’s State of the Union address, “climate change is a fact.” And he was right. Recent extreme weather events such as Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, record setting heat waves, wildfires, and droughts remind us of our vulnerability to a changing climate and its effects on our daily lives. Addressing the issue of climate change has been a top priority for President Obama, as he believes we have a moral obligation to leave our children a cleaner and safer planet. Continue reading
HUD and Habitat for Humanity team up to house single mother
The Hanover Habitat for Humanity in Hanover County, Virginia, executes its vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live through a “hand up, not a handout” philosophy. Continue reading