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Veterans Homelessness PreventionDemonstration EvaluationVeterans Homelessness PreventionDemonstration Evaluation

This interim evaluation report describes the first year of the Veterans Homelessness Prevention Demonstration (VHPD). Funded in FY2009, the VHPD is a joint effort of the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Veterans Affairs (VA), and Labor (DOL) to provide homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing to veterans, especially those returning from conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The VHPD has five sites, with each associated with a military base and a Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). The sites are in Utica, NY; Tampa Bay, FL; Tacoma, WA; San Diego, CA; and Austin, Texas. It is the first attempt to investigate homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing services for veterans and their families.

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CHMA: Eugene-Springfield, OregonCHMA: Eugene-Springfield, Oregon

The Eugene-Springfield Housing Market Area (HMA) consists of Lane County in west-central Oregon. Lane County lies in the Willamette Valley and extends west to the Pacific Ocean. The principal cities of Eugene and Springfield comprise more than 75 percent of the population and economic base of the HMA. The cities of Eugene and Springfield are regional centers for employment, healthcare serv-ices, housing, and education, which includes the University of Oregon and Lane Community College.

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Evidence Matters: Vacant and Abandoned Properties: Turning Liabilities Into Assets: Winter 2014Evidence Matters: Vacant and Abandoned Properties: Turning Liabilities Into Assets: Winter 2014

This edition of Evidence Matters looks at residential and commercial vacancy from various perspectives and examines the work that communities are doing to limit or reverse their negative effects. The feature article, “Vacant and Abandoned Properties: Turning Liabilities Into Assets,” reviews the causes and consequences of vacancy and investigates the efforts of governments and nonprofits to better understand and alleviate the problem. “Targeting Strategies for Neighborhood Development,” the Research Spotlight article, explores the typologies of neighborhood distress that cities are employing to better understand local conditions and most effectively target limited resources, demonstrating the importance of data in understanding the scope of the problem. The In Practice section of this issue features two articles, each focusing on different approaches for managing vacant land. The first, “Countywide Land Banks Tackle Vacancy and Blight,” describes the critical role of local land banks in assembling parcels of land and maintaining vacant properties so that the land can eventually be returned to productive use. The second, “Temporary Urbanism: Alternative Approaches to Vacant Land,” examines creative strategies communities and citizens are using to generate short-term uses such as stores, parks, and art projects to bring vibrancy to otherwise blighted spaces.

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Study of PHAs' Efforts to Serve People Experiencing HomelessnessStudy of PHAs' Efforts to Serve People Experiencing Homelessness

The use of mainstream housing assistance programs will be essential if the nation is to achieve the goals of the 2010 Federal Strategic Plan to Prevent and End Homelessness, including ending chronic homelessness by 2015 and ending homelessness for families, youth, and children by 2020. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has residential programs specifically targeted to people experiencing homelessness, but those resources are small by comparison with the 2.5 million Housing Choice Vouchers (HCVs) and the 1.1 million public housing units managed by public housing agencies (PHAs) across the country. This study was commissioned by HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research to provide a status report on efforts by PHAs to serve homeless households with mainstream housing assistance resources. Data were collected from PHAs throughout 2012 and early 2013 using two approaches: a Webbased survey of roughly 4,000 PHAs and follow-up telephone discussions with staff at 120 PHAs.

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Design Details for Accessible Disaster Relief HousingDesign Details for Accessible Disaster Relief Housing

The creation of emergency transportable, temporary housing that includes accessible features requires a specific set of tools that address unique design and construction challenges. These dwelling units are some of the smallest produced for housing, and they must accommodate a variety of functional criteria for mobility that often seems in conflict with the spatial requirements for accessibility. While the design and construction of accessible housing for disaster survivors requires attention to detail and some less common construction approaches, it can be relatively straightforward when integrated into the design and construction process. Many builders may find that the accessibility features of these homes are easily implemented and provide value for all residents.

This is not a regulatory document, but is intended to illustrate possible solutions, provide guidance to designers wishing to create accessible disaster relief housing, and aid the manufacturing industry. The focus of this publication is on the interior of these dwellings and is not site-specific, and so it does not include essential accessibility aspects of locating and installing the structures on site. Dwelling design is a creative process, and this document provides some approaches that can be used as a “point of departure” for designers to create safe, accessible housing units. Descriptions and graphic illustrations of accessible elements are provided in these pages, but it is not the intent of this guide to limit development of other accessible solutions, or to imply that this is a complete directory of all possible arrangements.

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Why Not In Our Community? Removing Barriers to Affordable Housing"Why Not In Our Community?" Removing Barriers to Affordable Housing

Regulatory barriers were exposed as a problem 13 years ago, when the Advisory Commission on Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing submitted its report, "Not in My Back Yard": Removing Barriers to Affordable Housing. Its basic finding was that exclusionary, discriminatory, or unnecessary regulations constituted barriers to affordable housing. Now this report updates the status of this problem and highlights the Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD) commitment to work with states and communities to do away with the regulatory barriers that drive up housing costs and reduce the nation's stock of affordable housing. Some progress is evident, but the problem persists. This update describes recent trends in regulatory barriers to affordable housing, reviews recent efforts by states and local communities to reduce these barriers, and details actions taken by HUD to eliminate regulatory barriers.

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Developing Choice Neighborhoods: An Early Look at Implementation in Five Sites - Interim ReportDeveloping Choice Neighborhoods: An Early Look at Implementation in Five Sites - Interim Report

The overarching goal of the Choice Neighborhoods program (Choice) is to redevelop distressed assisted housing projects and transform the neighborhoods surrounding them into mixed-income, high-opportunity places. Choice builds on lessons learned during HOPE VI, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) long-running program to replace or rehabilitate distressed public housing. It maintains the emphasis of HOPE VI on public-private partnerships and mixed financing for replacing or rehabilitating assisted housing but extends eligibility to privately owned federally subsidized developments. It requires that grantees build at least one subsidized replacement housing unit for every assisted unit demolished in the target development. It also continues the emphasis of HOPE VI on protecting tenants during the redevelopment process and heightens aspirations to give existing tenants the opportunity to live in the redeveloped project upon its completion. It differs most from HOPE VI by providing funding for projects that create synergy between renovation of the target development and revitalization efforts within the neighborhood surrounding the target development. Beyond providing funding for neighborhood investments, Choice also fosters partnerships among organizations, agencies, and institutions working throughout the neighborhood to build affordable housing, provide social services, care for and educate children and youth, ensure public safety, and revitalize the neighborhood’s commercial opportunities and infrastructure.

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Between-Survey Changes in the Number of Bedrooms in a Unit: How Often? Why? Effect on Measures of Rental Affordability?Between-Survey Changes in the Number of Bedrooms in a Unit

This paper examines the extent to which bedroom counts for units in the American Housing Survey (AHS) change between surveys and how this variation affects the analysis of rental affordability.

For the 43,000 units in both the 2009 and 2011 AHS surveys, 18 percent had a different number of bedrooms, as reported by respondents, in the two surveys. This level of survey-to-survey change is consistent with that found in previous research.

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New AHS PUF Information on HUD-Assisted Rental HousingNew AHS PUF Information on HUD-Assisted Rental Housing

The 2011 American Housing Survey (AHS) contains two new features that provide enhanced information on rental housing units that receive subsidies from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). These features are the use of (1) HUD administrative information to identify AHS sample units where the unit or the household receives assistance and (2) a supplemental sample of public housing units and units in privately owned subsidized projects. We call these samples the matched sample and the oversample.

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Analysis of Trends in Household Composition Using American Housing Survey DataAnalysis of Trends in Household Composition Using American Housing Survey Data

This report uses data from the American Housing Survey (AHS) to analyze changes in household composition from the 2003 survey through the 2009 survey (hereafter, from 2003 to 2009), particularly those changes that reflect an increase in doubled-up households. The term "other household member" is applied to people who are not the householder nor the householder's spouse, partner, or minor children. Other household members include adult children, parents, grandchildren, siblings, and nonrelatives. Households containing other household members are labeled "doubled-up households." Census Bureau studies suggesting a link between the recession and the increase in doubled-up households motivated this research. The data reported here provide several indications that the recession and the preceding financial crisis had an effect on doubled-up households.

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