Each Secretary establishes a number of programs, priorities, or initiatives during his or her tenure. These initiatives often have pages or mini-websites dedicated to them. Here are a few of the past initiatives the Department has undertaken in the past.
- 10 Things Your Faith Community Can Do To Encourage Homeownership
- America's Affordable Communities Initiative This initiative was launched in 2003 and ran through 2008.
- Best Practices Symposia (1999 and 2000)
- Blueprint for the American Dream An interagency, public-private, partnership to promote minority homeownership initiated by the White House
- Canal Corridor Initiative An initiative established by Secretary Cuomo to revitalize communities along the Erie Canal and related waterways in upstate New York.
- Community 2020 Forums These forums, held from 1997 to 2000, brought together dynamic leaders to explore the future of America's communities and regions.
- Community Builder Fellowship Program
- Faith-based Initiatives
- Foreclosure Prevention Programs
- Gun Buyback Initiative - an initiative by Secretary Andrew Cuomo to remove guns from public housing
- Homeownership is a National Priority a collection of initiatives focussed on increasing homeownership
- 2008 National Housing Summit: Federal, state, and community leaders from around the nation gathered in Washington, DC for a two-day national Summit on Housing.
- HUD Acts to Help American Families Following Terrorist Attacks Actions taken by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in helping our nation recover following the events of September 11, 2001.
- HUD Next Door
The HUD NextDoor initiative was created by Secretary Andrew Cuomo. The initiative was launched in 1998 and various pieces lasted until 2009. The initiative had three parts:
- HUD Next Door Storefronts: New offices located at street level and staffed by Community Builders
- HUD NextDoor Kiosks: (renamed/refocussed in 2002/2003 to Government Information Kiosks) offered basic information and services 24-hours a day at storefronts, and later in malls, shopping centers, libraries, and other places people frequent on a daily basis
- HUD Answer Machines: (later called HUD Public Computers)--public use computers found in every HUD office with access to HUD's website and websites linked from HUD.
- HUD Partners with the Washington National Opera (WNO)
- One Stop Mortgage Center Initiative in Indian Country
- SuperNOFAs: Beginning in 1998, and continuing through 2008, HUD issued SuperNOFAs. Instead of separate Notices of Funding Availability (NOFAs) for each grant program, the SuperNOFAs provided grant applicants with a complete menu of HUD competitive funding available in a given year to address pressing community needs and opportunities. The SuperNOFA approach also standardized the application and selection processes.
- Web Clinics for HUD Partners: From 1999 to 2006, HUD's Web Team fanned out across the country offering free "Web Clinics for HUD Partners" to share the lessons we had learned in creating and managing websites with non-profits and other organizations. Before the clinics came to an end, over 120 clinics were offered to thousands of participants from hundreds of organizations.