The purpose of this Glossary is to facilitate a common language within HUD USER and the larger community of urban planners and developers, housing advocates, architects, builders, government officials, researchers, students, and all others concerned with the past, present – and especially – the future of housing in America. This glossary is not intended to be an authoritative source, but rather a handy reference to help familiarize you with some of the housing-specific terms you'll come across in our research publications and on our site.
This glossary is limited to terms and acronyms most used on HUD USER, in U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development periodicals and data sets, and by HUD Programs.
All entries are listed in alphabetical order, including acronyms (which are cross-referenced with their corresponding definition.) General terms are defined in a HUD USER context where appropriate.
Click on the appropriate letter to see listing: