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A New Partner in PD&R

As the newest member of the Office of Policy Development and Research’s leadership team, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself to The Edge community. It was just seven short weeks ago that I was simply a consumer of the many research and data products of PD&R, so it is a thrill to now be a contributor in my new role leading PD&R’s Office of Policy Development as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Development.

I am honored to take on this role and have done so at a particularly exciting time for both HUD and PD&R. As you may have read in recent editions of The Edge, we have a new Assistant Secretary in Katherine O’Regan. PD&R is the midst of our largest hiring effort in four years. We’re expanding the methods we use to reach you with the latest information by offering three new mobile apps and an expanding collection of e-books. Through programs like the Research Partnerships Initiative, we’re creating more flexible opportunities for partnerships that produce research aligned with PD&R priorities.

In my short time on the job, I have been amazed at the breadth and depth of the work we do here and have also found that I feel right at home. I come to HUD and to this role with experience wearing many hats: planner, houser, researcher, communicator. Most recently, I led the ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing where I worked on a range of issues including exploring the role of demographic change in shaping communities and understanding the drivers of cost for affordable rental housing. At the National Housing Conference and Center for Housing Policy, I worked to shed light on the full spectrum of state and local housing policy tools. At the American Planning Association, my work covered everything from brownfields redevelopment to zoning for more housing choice and opportunity.

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HUD Partner Reports
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Statistical Reports
Housing Scorecard for June 2014
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The latest data show progress among key indicators, including a rebound in the sales of new and existing homes after a harsh-weather-induced lull during the previous two quarters. Purchases of new homes surged by 18.6 percent in May--the biggest monthly gain in 22 years (since January 1992)--and rose to their highest level since May 2008.


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