HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) recently published its fiscal years 2017 and 2018 Biennial Report. According to PD&R, the goal of their report is to inform those who use the data and research PD&R produces about who PD&R is, what PD&R does, and some input about how PD&R functions. The report highlights some of PD&R’s most notable and transformative accomplishments over the past 2 years, from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2018. It focuses on everything that makes up PD&R: the mission, people, funding, projects, data, dissemination and outreach, and partner engagement.
The report includes links to PD&R research projects that have been completed during the last two years as well as summaries of ongoing work, notably:
- A Health Picture of HUD-Assisted Children, 2006-2012, which is based on linked data between administrative records for individuals receiving housing assistance from HUD and records from the National Health Interview Survey. This report uses the linked data for 2006 through 2012 to present nationally representative estimates of demographic characteristics, health diagnoses and conditions, and health care access and utilization for HUD-assisted children ages 0–17. Results demonstrate that assisted children suffer disproportionately from serious health conditions.
- A Health Picture of HUD-Assisted Adults, 2006-2012, which uses the linked data for 2006 through 2012 to present a broad statistical summary of demographic characteristics, health diagnoses and conditions, and healthcare access and utilization for HUD-assisted adults. Relative to unassisted low-income renters, HUD-assisted adults are shown, by numerous measures, to be an older population with more disabilities and more prevalent health problems.
- Small Area Fair Market Rent Demonstration, which evaluates the impact of implementing Small Area Fair Market Rents (SAFMRs) in seven PHAs in a variety of geographic and market types.
- Interim Report: Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) Evaluation, which was published in September 2016, documents the types of projects that participate in RAD and associated activities, such as the reliance on various financing sources. The ongoing evaluation will also measure outcomes for RAD projects related to the physical and financial condition of converted projects and seek to compare those outcomes to similar projects that do not participate in RAD. Additionally, the final report will document the impact RAD has on residents. According to the PD&R Biennial Report, a final RAD Evaluation report will be released by the summer of 2019.