In 1978, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) established HUD USER, an information source for housing and community development researchers, academics, policymakers, and the American public.


Background on HUD USER

HUD USER is the primary source of federal government reports and information on housing policy and programs, energy-efficient building technologies, economic development, urban planning, and other housing-related subjects. Managed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD’s) Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R), HUD USER distributes a wide variety of useful information, products, and services. Over 1,000 housing research publications and data sets are available as free downloads at [1]. HUD USER also staffs a toll-free Help Desk Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., Eastern Time, to respond to general inquiries and publication requests.


HUD USER publishes four periodicals: ResearchWorks, Breakthroughs, Cityscape, and U.S. Housing Market Conditions.

  • The ResearchWorks newsletter is published 10 times a year, and includes articles on new research and case studies aimed at bridging the research and practitioner communities. A great way to keep informed. [2] Subscribe for free or download current and past issues from the [3] newsletter archives.
  • [4] Breakthroughs is the e-newsletter of HUD’s Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse (RBC). Published in conjunction with RBC’s Strategy of the Month Club listserv, [5] Breakthroughs covers strategies and resources that support affordable housing through state and local regulatory reform.
  • Cityscape, HUD’s journal of policy development and research, is published three times a year. It focuses on innovative ideas, policies, and programs that show promise in revitalizing cities and regions, renewing their infrastructure, and creating economic opportunities. Back issues available at [6].
  • The U.S. Housing Market Conditions is a quarterly report on nationwide housing conditions. It includes historical and regional analysis, in addition to in-depth examinations of selected housing market areas. Download the [7] current and [8] past editions for free.

Main Topics of the HUD USER Website

The HUD USER Clearinghouse and website cover many subjects, just a few of which are: fair housing, poverty and homelessness, public and assisted housing, and affordable housing. However, the majority of content falls within five main subject areas:

  • [9] Housing Production and Technology includes information and publications on building materials and methods, regulation and housing market structure, design, energy and the environment, manufactured housing, natural and man-made hazards, and rehabilitation.
  • [10] Fair Market Rents covers current and historical fair market rents, as well as the surveys used in determining fair market rents.
  • [11] Income Limits provide users with current and historical data for Section 8 funding and housing market areas, as well as HUD Median Income Estimates and the Uniform Relocation Act Limits.
  • [12] Housing Policy offers information on publications, programs, and reports related to the creation and advancement of housing policy.
  • [13] Regulatory Reform serves as a direct link to the Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse home page, where visitors can learn about affordable housing strategies at the state and local level.

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