On January 15, 2014, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the Police Foundation hosted a symposium in New York City called “Safe Streets, Strong Communities”... Read More
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.
When then-Mayor Thomas Menino launched the E+ Green Building Demonstration Program in March 2011, it represented another step toward fulfilling Boston’s mission to promote sustainability across the city’s built environment.
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...
With the United States’ ongoing demographic shift toward an increasingly older population, along with the fact that 89 percent of Americans over age 50 wish to remain in their homes for as long as possible, conversations about the benefits and costs associated with aging in place will become increasingly critical. Recent research on home-based health programs suggests that aging in place can yield potential cost savings at the individual, state, and federal levels.
The data in the February 2014 Scorecard show progress among key indicators. In January, purchases of new homes rose, foreclosure completions continued their downward trend, and house prices were stable. After declining for the past two months, sales of new homes rose 9.6 percent in January to their highest unit-pace since mid-2008. In addition, homeowners’ equity jumped over $400 billion in the 4th quarter of 2013, reaching more than $10 trillion for the first time since 2007.
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