Tag Archives: HUD

Rebuild Healthy Homes: Guide to Post-disaster Restoration for a Safe and Healthy Home

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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) developed this guidebook with the sole purpose of providing essential information to homeowners as well as volunteers and workers who restore homes damaged by disasters. Based on the principle link between health and housing, proper post-disaster restoration is particularly important for families who have already experienced a potentially traumatic event. Poorly restored homes, due to lack of knowledge or pressure for a speedy rebuild, can create health hazards, and even make... Read more

HUD Proposes “Resilience Standard” to Protect Communities and Taxpayer-Funded Investments from Flooding

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In the face of increased flooding risks and rising sea levels, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposed elevation standards for all HUD-supported properties. For the first time in nearly 40 years, HUD is proposing properties seeking HUD assistance or FHA mortgage insurance would need to be elevated two feet over the site’s base flood elevation. “Critical” properties, such as hospitals, nursing homes and fire stations, would be even higher: three feet above base flood elevation. Read... Read more

Local Foods, Local Places

The Flippin School District Community Garden in Flippin, AR. (Credit: EPA)
Local Foods, Local Places helps communities create more livable neighborhoods by promoting local foods. This program aims to support projects that: create livable, walkable, economically vibrant main streets and mixed-use neighborhoods; boost economic opportunities for local farmers and main street businesses; and improve access to healthy, local food, especially among disadvantaged populations. Applications due November 6. Learn more and apply... Read more

Scaling Solutions: A How-To Guide for Unleashing the Potential of Public-Philanthropic Partnerships

The popular Downtown Des Moines Farmers’
Market is part of the regional food system that
connects central Iowa farmers to consumers and is also a tool for placemaking. (Credit: Des Moines Area MPO)
On the local, regional, and national levels, philanthropies and the public sector are leveraging each other’s strengths to deliver results for communities and build projects together from the ground up. This report from HUD serves as a guide for navigating public-philanthropic partnerships, drawing on seven years of experience in HUD’s place-based programs. Read more... Read more

10 New HUD Choice Neighborhoods to Split $8 Million

Row of public housing units in the Desoto Bass neighborhood of Dayton, Ohio (Source: realdaytonohio.blogspot.com)
​ Severely distressed neighborhoods in Pittsburgh, Nashville and Newport News, Virginia, are among 10 communities HUD announced will receive a share of $8 million in Choice Neighborhood Initiative grants. The grants will to allow the neighborhoods to create comprehensive plans around three main goals: replacing distressed public housing with higher-quality mixed-income housing; improving educational outcomes and economic mobility; and incentivizing public and private investment in underserved neighborhoods. Read more... Read more

HUD’s Resilience Revolution

Flooding in Minot, Minneosta (Flickr/Minnesota National Guard)
​According to the Rockefeller Foundation, the federal government spent $136 billion on disaster relief between 2011 and 2013. The vast majority of those funds were being used to lovingly rebuild things exactly as they were, exactly where they were, according to HUD’s Harriet Tregoning. But what’s needed to make places more resilient is a new way of working, so HUD embarked upon a transformative effort to rethink the way those dollars are spent. HUD has sharply shifted the focus from... Read more

Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Grants Program

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​The Choice Neighborhoods program supports locally driven strategies to address struggling neighborhoods with distressed public or HUD-assisted housing through a comprehensive approach to neighborhood transformation. Local leaders, residents, and stakeholders come together to create and implement a plan that transforms distressed HUD housing and addresses the challenges in the surrounding neighborhood. The program is designed to catalyze critical improvements in neighborhood assets, including vacant property, housing, services and schools. Applications due June 28. Learn more and apply... Read more

HOPE VI Main Street Grant Program

Main Street in Chesterton, Indiana
​The HOPE VI Main Street Program provides grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of an historic or traditional central business district or Main Street area by replacing unused, obsolete commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. Applications due April 12. Learn more and apply... Read more

4 Cities Receive $400 Million-Plus for Resilience Projects

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​Thirteen U.S. states/communities, including four cities, were announced as winners of the National Disaster Resilience Competition by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Thursday. The winners, which will receive millions of dollars to implement resilience projects, were all impacted by major disasters between 2011 and 2013, and are expected to face substantially higher risks of disaster in the future due to climate change. Read more... Read more
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