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I’m optimistic about 2014. For HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), the recently passed Fiscal Year 2014 budget is a great start. Among other things, the 2014 budget provided PD&R explicit direction on our research projects for 2014. Specifically, the Congress continues to fund HUD’s Transformation Initiative, including “not less” than $15 million for research with the remainder for HUD-wide Technical Assistance. The conference report accompanying the bill provided guidance on the projects we should undertake with the research funds:
Moving to Work Demonstration Evaluation
Small Area Fair Market Rents Demonstration
Evaluation of the Section 811 Project Rental Assistance Demonstration
Evaluation of the Section 202 Seniors and Supportive Services Demonstration
Understanding Rapid Rehousing: Models and Outcomes for Homeless Households
Jobs Plus/ROSS Evaluation
Evaluation of Project Based Rental Assistance Transfer Authority
This budget represents the first budget since PD&R developed the Research Roadmap and I think it is because of the Roadmap that we can hit the ground running. In prior years we would request approval of a research plan after the funds were appropriated. This led to long delays between the time the funds were appropriated and projects were started. With the Research Roadmap we communicated the projects prior to appropriation that we thought should be done. The Congress largely agreed with HUD on the projects while also adding some that are of particular interest to them. Without further approval we can move directly to starting the research projects. For more of our thinking about the size and scope of these projects you can review our descriptions in the Research Roadmap.
The redevelopment of a distressed public housing development is now providing Denver residents with affordable and market-rate living options that offer easy access to the nearby 10th and Osage light rail station.
David Osborne and Ted Gaebler’s 1993 book Reinventing Government: How the Entrepreneurial Spirit Is Transforming the Public Sector was acclaimed for lighting the way to a smarter, leaner government. One of the book’s key points is that governments should “stop rowing and start steering.” In today’s conversation about the merits of pay-for-performance models, the public sector has the opportunity to do exactly that...
In the coming decades, increasing life expectancy, a declining birth rate, and the aging of the baby boom generation will dramatically increase the number and proportion of the U.S. population over the age of 65. This aging of the population presents a number of challenges and unanswered questions, including where people will live and how they will obtain the support and care they will need as they age while retaining as much independence as possible.
The data in the January 2014 Scorecard show progress among key indicators. In 2013, there were 5.09 million sales of existing homes — 9.1 percent higher than in 2012 and the strongest performance since 2006 when sales reached an unsustainable level during the housing boom. A total of 428,000 new homes were sold in 2013, which is 16.4 percent above sales in 2012 and the highest level in 5 years.
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