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The HUD + Higher Ed Engagement Network aims to build strong relationships between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and higher education to create inclusive, sustainable, and thriving communities.
HUD is targeting select communities to improve housing choice options for families in Connecticut, Louisiana, New York, Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Washington.
HUD’s Housing Choice Voucher program is one of the most effective tools the Department has to expand access to affordable housing across the country. In today’s housing market, it is difficult for many voucher holders to find a landlord willing to participate in the program. HUD local offices are working closely with housing authorities across the nation who have experienced significant challenges with Housing Choice Voucher utilization.
In order to strengthen voucher uptake and maximize federal subsidies used in these communities, HUD is seeking to expand landlord participation and increase affordable housing supply for low-income households. HUD is seeking our partnership in developing and implementing innovative strategies around landlord outreach, engagement, and education.
These efforts will be focused in the following communities:
- Hartford, CT
- Buffalo, NY
- Loudon County, VA
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Richmond, VA
- Springfield, OH
- Jefferson Parish, LA
- State of South Dakota
- Kennewick, WA
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Stay tuned for more opportunities to partner with HUD coming in early 2023 on worker empowerment and digital equity.
How to take action in priority communities
The HUD + Higher Ed Think Tank meeting resulted in seven potential approaches for campuses in priority communities to take action. To help us find the best way to move this work forward, please complete our survey to share your thoughts, interests, and current initiatives related to these approaches.
Form submissions will be used to determine ways that campuses can best partner with HUD Field Offices to make an impact in this area.
Develop student experiential learning projects around advocacy & outreach for affordable housing
Build partnerships with local non-profits who focus on affordable housing
Offer continuing education (non-credit) programs to educate potential landlords about HUD's affordable housing program
Develop university, student, faculty, and staff capacity for matching, supporting, and connecting affordable housing participants with landlords
Integrate landlords and developers into entrepreneurship and incubation/accelerator programs
Leverage the research capacity of your institution to investigate data related to credit needs for landlords and developers and housing utilization
Create an affordable housing fund through an anchor collaborative that focuses on acquisition, development, and financial incentives for landlords for capital improvements
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