New Updates on The Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

PD&R’s online magazine, The Edge, provides you with a snapshot view of our newly released research, periodicals, publications, news, and commentaries on housing and urban development issues. Stay informed on current topics and check back frequently, as our content is routinely updated.

Message from PD&R Leadership: HUD's New Research NOFAs for 2020

In the leadership message, PD&R’s general deputy assistant secretary for policy development and research Todd M. Richardson explains the recently announced Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) for three new projects. The projects, titled Cooperative Research in Housing Technologies, Estimating the Prevalence and Probability of Homeless Youth, and Impact of RAD on Children in HUD Assisted Households, all have application deadlines in the summer of 2020.

Featured: Impacts of Filtering and Rent Control on Housing Supply

In April 2020, the Urban Institute hosted a webinar to explore two researchers’ work around filtering and rent control, two topics related to the affordable housing supply. Filtering is the process by which properties age and depreciate in quality and price, and is typically the primary mechanism that adds affordable options to the housing market. Rent control is a legislative measure, present in only a few cities across the country, which restricts annual rent increases with the goal of improving housing affordability. The researchers and a respondent discussed the efficacy of filtering and rent control.

In Practice: Mitigating Displacement Through Housing in Denver, Colorado

Opened in 2018, the Del Corazon apartment complex adds 197 units of affordable housing to the heart of Denver, Colorado’s Westwood neighborhood. In order to build the 7-building complex, the city’s Office of Economic Development issued a $3.7 million loan to help developer St. Charles Town Company acquire the 4.5 acre site of a dilapidated mobile home park. The $41 million project is designed to promote connection between residents and the surrounding neighborhood and features ample public and private outdoor areas.

Spotlight on PD&R Data: The Household Pulse Survey Provides Data Quickly During the Pandemic

In April 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau began a 90-day data collection period for a new experimental survey called the Household Pulse Survey. The survey was designed to rapidly capture and publish information about how household experiences have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. The information collected includes details about employment status, spending patterns, food security, housing, physical and mental health, access to health care, and educational disruption.

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Posted June 22, 2020

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