Programs of HUD: Major Mortgage, Grant, Assistance, and Regulatory Programs 2018
Policy Development and Research
Policy Development and Research Initiatives
Advises on policy issues and supports the Department's efforts to help create cohesive,
economically healthy communities.
Nature of Program: The purpose of the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) is
to support the mission of the Department and the policy agenda of the Secretary. PD&R is
responsible for maintaining current information on housing needs, market conditions, and
existing programs, as well as conducting research on priority housing and community
developmental issues. The office performs policy analysis, research, surveys, studies, and
evaluations, both short- and long-term, to assist the Secretary and other HUD principal staff to
make informed decisions on HUD policies, programs, and budget and legislative proposals. This
work is undertaken by in-house staff and through contracts with outside organizations. PD&R
plays a key role in the development of HUD's Strategic Plan, and in helping the Department
meet its responsibilities under the Government Performance and Results Act. Through an active
program of publications and information clearinghouses, PD&R's work products are distributed
widely to the housing research community and to the interested public. The Office of University
Partnerships within PD&R administers grant programs to colleges and universities engaged in
community building activities. PD&R's research and studies support the international exchange
of information and data on housing and development topics. In addition to Headquarters staff,
PD&R has field economists who provide intelligence on local economic and housing conditions
and technical and analytical support to HUD clients and management in Headquarters and the
Applicant Eligibility: Not applicable.
Legal Authority: Title V of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1970 (12 U.S.C.
1701z-1, et seq.).
Information Source: Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research.