According to HUD, the site is, "intended to provide the public with a comprehensive set of information that supports local and regional strategies, with a particular emphasis on sustainable housing and planning. The Resource Center provides ready access to best practices, cutting edge research, new reports and resources, and spotlights innovation in the field."
Of particular value may be the best practices reports, which spotlight efforts to "increase affordable housing opportunities, apply sustainable features and practices, and increase access to public transportation. The projects featured in these reports have demonstrated innovation through a multitude of partnerships and initiatives. Each report outlines a project's objectives and the development strategies used to achieve them."
Benfield gives credit for developing what he sees as a valuable resource to Shelley Poticha, whom HUD secretary Shaun Donovan selected to lead the agency's sustainability efforts.