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Key Findings: The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies’ State of the Nation’s Housing 2018 report

August 16, 2018

The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies recently released their 30thAnniversary State of the Nation’s Housing Report, detailing new insight into the forces at work in the nation’s housing market, as well as challenges faced by local, state and federal government agencies in finding solutions to … Continued

Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas

January 19, 2017

The Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) designation was established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in 1995. The intent of the program is to address economic development and housing needs within economically disadvantaged communities. To achieve NRSA status … Continued

Interim Evaluation of HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD)

January 5, 2017

RAD, or the Rental Assistance Demonstration program administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), may not be as radical in its approach to preserving low-income housing as its acronym suggests, but an interim evaluation of the pilot program indicates it shows promise. T … Continued

Report: The Unintended Consequences of Housing Finance

April 7, 2016

The Unintended Consequences of Housing Finance is a recent report by the Regional Plan Association that addresses the negative externalities of certain federal housing finance rules, and myriad methods to address these externalities through rule changes and amendments. Perhaps it is not immediately … Continued

Connect Home: Bridging the Digital Divide

March 17, 2016

Google Fiber and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) are partnering in a public-private collaboration, ConnectHome, to provide families and children living in HUD-assisted housing with broadband, or high-speed Internet. Increasing Internet speeds in low-income communities will … Continued

Tools for financing development in revitalization areas: HUD Multifamily Loan Products

March 8, 2016

Many people are familiar with HUD FHA mortgage insurance programs for single-family housing. These programs insure mortgages for lenders providing loans to single-family home borrowers and have been a significant driver in shaping the housing and mortgage markets in the United States over the last 8 … Continued

50 Years of HUD: Rental Assistance Demonstration Program

December 3, 2015

As the CED blog ends its series celebrating the 50th anniversary of HUD (previous posts can be found here and here), it is only fitting that this post focuses on one of HUD’s newest, and perhaps one of its most radical, programs: Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD). The RAD program serves a simple … Continued

50 Years of HUD: Choice Neighborhoods

November 12, 2015

In recognition of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s 50th anniversary, the CED blog is highlighting a couple of HUD’s newest programs that cities can use to help spur revitalization in distressed neighborhoods. One of these programs is Choice Neighborhoods. Choice Neighborhoods … Continued

50 Years of HUD, and the Next 50 Years

September 18, 2015

Last week, HUD (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development) turned 50. As the department created to manage urban renewal back when most downtowns were experiencing extreme population decreases, where does the agency go now that city-living is once more in vogue? In this three-part series, the … Continued

HUD Releases New Proposed Rule On Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

July 24, 2014

In July 2013, HUD released a new proposed rule designed to address problems in program progress reporting and to provide program participants with a clearer understanding of their responsibilities to affirmatively further fair housing in their jurisdictions [1]. This rule was a response to a 2010 re … Continued