The Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI) supports HUD's efforts to find new solutions and align ideas and resources by working across public, private, and civil sectors to further HUD's mission. We do this by:

  • Performing research;
  • Developing networks; and
  • Facilitating collaboration of key partners and resources.


To build new capacity and clarity within HUD to learn from the best that philanthropic and international organizations have to offer about transforming places of disinvestment into places of opportunity and hope.


To use the best available evidence, innovations, and lessons from philanthropic and international partners to help assure HUD achieves long-term community-building results and return on taxpayer dollars, supporting a "triple bottom line" approach – financial, social, and environmental accountability.


To generate lessons, evidence, and best practice in housing and community development from the philanthropic and international sectors that can be applied to HUD's work

To advance HUD's capacity and competency to achieve better results through innovation and multi-sector, multi-national networks, including leaders in philanthropic, corporate, nongovernmental, and academic arenas; and

To develop collaborations that align ideas, investments, and resources for transformative and sustainable development in partnership with philanthropic and international partners.

To position HUD as a hub for innovation, IPI works to build new capacity and clarity within HUD by providing expert resources and a venue for staff and partners to access the best available evidence, innovations, and lessons from the philanthropic and international sectors.

IPI works with international and philanthropic partners across sectors and across nations. Within these sectors IPI supports HUD and the Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) by:

  • Engaging in outreach and information exchange;
  • Providing client management and assistance;
  • Conducting joint research and knowledge management; and
  • Stimulating project co-investment.

IPI has the unique task of linking domestic policy and practice to innovative and timely models from our international and philanthropic partners.

IPI convenes current and new partners for collaboration across agency, organizational, and international boundaries. As a result of the relationships that IPI forms, HUD benefits from increased access to and synthesis of information regarding successes and failures in domestic and global housing and urban development.

IPI is located within PD&R and supports PD&R's mission of providing the Department and the nation with cutting-edge information on housing and community development issues, needs and best practices. IPI has strong relationships with the White House Offices and other federal agencies such as the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development, and collaborates across government agencies on many projects.