April 14, 2016

Race Should Never Defer the Dream of Homeownership

Photo: Fair Lending PSA. Your credit status will affect your ability to buy a home. Your racial status should now. It is against the law to consider race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability of familial status in any decision regarding rental, sales or mortgage lending. If you believe you many be a victim of housing discrimination, contact HUD or your local Fair Housing Center. Visit www.hud.gov/fairhousing or call the HUD hotline 1-800-669-9777 (voice) or 1-800-927-9275 (TTY).

When a person or family decides to buy a home, they will likely consider a long list of factors: their budget, location of the property, credit scores, how much they have to put down, and others.  But one thing no person should ever have to worry about when weighing their financing options is that their race or ethnicity would count against them. Continue reading

April 6, 2016

Measuring Progress in the Housing Market

Photo: Row of homes.

HUD’s housing scorecard provides a monthly snapshot of our nation’s housing market and how our initiatives are serving Americans. As we look back on March, we witnessed progress among key indicators including gains in U.S. home values, a rebound in new home sales, and a sharp gain in homeowner’s equity. As confidence in our nation’s economy improves, we must continue to support efforts that will allow more Americans to achieve the dream of homeownership.

Here’s a closer look back at some of our progress: Continue reading

Kicking Off Fair Housing Month with a Vision of Shared Opportunity for All

Photo: Fair Housing PSA. A zip code should not determine a child's future. Find out how at: hud.gov/fairhousing.

This April, HUD is celebrating Fair Housing Month 2016 with the launch of a new national media campaign that helps us picture what communities with shared opportunities for all might look like.

The new campaign comes as the nation celebrates the 48th anniversary of the 1968 Fair Housing Act, the landmark law that was passed one week after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Although America’s communities are more diverse than ever, and blatant housing discrimination is increasingly a thing of the past, studies suggest that subtle housing discrimination continues to  affect the lives of families every day. Continue reading

March 28, 2016

ConnectHome is connecting families to 21st Century digital opportunities. Here’s how.

"I am really glad this program exists for my kids, and I'm thankful for the services they now have." -Stacie Brown, mother of ConnectHome family in Little Rock.

“I am really glad this program exists for my kids, and I’m thankful for the services they now have.” —Stacie Brown, mother of ConnectHome family in Little Rock.

Just seven months after President Barack Obama and HUD Secretary Julián Castro launched ConnectHome, the first families in HUD-assisted housing are getting online.

“America’s challenge in this 21st century is to remain the world’s undisputed land of opportunity,” says Secretary Castro. “By accelerating broadband adoption, ConnectHome will provide more Americans with the same high-speed access to knowledge and opportunity that millions of people already enjoy.” Continue reading

March 18, 2016

Celebrating Women’s History Month at Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live!

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Women’s History Month is always a time to pause and remember all the pioneering women of the past who have made immeasurable contributions in board rooms, classrooms, communities, and beyond.  It’s also a time for our nation to look ahead, and ensure we are doing everything we can to invest in young girls today so that they are ready to lead tomorrow. Continue reading