November 14, 2016

HUD’s Human Touch

Photo: Multitasking at its finest! Tony Landecker soothes the daughter of a Baton Rouge flood survivor while speaking to a landlord about rehousing her family.

My name is Tony Landecker and I work in HUD’s Minneapolis field office. My day-to-day job at HUD is working with public housing authorities in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area where I help manage their housing units.

On September 24th, I volunteered to deploy to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to join the Disaster Response Team to help more than 60,000 displaced residents find homes after the devastating floods in August. Continue reading

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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