HUD Broadcasts Online
a HUD Webcast at Your Convenience
-- a citizen or business partner -- canít make the broadcast
time, no problem. Each live broadcast is archived and becomes
part of HUDís video library, allowing you access, 24 hours
a day, 7 days a week.
May 10, 1999
By Joanne L.
Johnson and Samuel R. Gallagher
of Housing and Urban Development is broadcasting training, public
service announcements, press conferences and other important information
via the web.
In doing that,
HUD is empowering citizens and potential and current business partners
by giving them more information when they need it, in a cost effective
manner. By broadcasting video through the web-- "Webcasting"
-- HUD has enhanced communications with citizens and business partners.
Webcasts let people, who might not otherwise be able to participate,
attend events "live" through the web. If a citizen or
business partner canít make the broadcast time, no problem. Each
live broadcast is archived and becomes part of HUDís video library,
allowing access, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
HUD has taken
geography out of the training equation. Citizens no longer have
to go to a place for training or a press conference. Now anyone
can see it from their own home or office on their own time schedule.
HUDís online video library includes conferences on how to combat
hate and hate crimes in your community, significant speeches and
press conferences, and training on computer programs that HUDís
business partners use daily.
No longer does
a small public housing authority have to send a staff person several
hours away to attend a 2-hour training session. If there is an important
funding training session scheduled for a time that conflicts with
the citizenís schedule, they can choose to view it anytime, 24 hours
a day, from the HUD web site.
citizens to attend training and other events from their homes or
offices, on their own schedules. It saves them travel time and costs.
Plus it lets them fit training into their own schedules instead
of forcing them to organize their schedules around HUDís. And it
lets them return, again and again, to reference all or parts of
the videos. Webcasting makes information available to everyone who
is interested -- not just to a small group who may have been invited
to a training session or event.
HUDís audience can view in the video library "Healing Neighborhoods"
a 3-part series of conferences as a follow up to the White House
Hate Crimes Conference on Overcoming Racial and Cultural Conflicts
or a training session on the latest software for tracking multifamily
housing. It lets people see the full video of a press conference
or speech, for example, without editing by CNN or another intermediary.
has been overwhelmingly positive. Fred Zawilinski, Portage Metropolitan
Housing Authority said, "A particular advantage to the webcast
format is that I do not have to fit my schedule to the live broadcast
schedule, thanks to the library approach you are using at the HUD
site. I havenít driven 60 minutes to Cleveland one way to find out
the session isnít what I needed. Also, I would estimate approximately
$30 per trip for mileage and parking, as well as an additional $40
in lost wages and fringes for my time in the driving to and from
Cleveland. You could say I would have attended three of the sessions
in Cleveland were it not for webcasts. Another two-three different
webcasts I would never have seen were it not for the Internet. I
consider this a great administrative efficiency, and what the web
is supposed to be all about."
Executive Director, Chipley Housing Authority said, "The webcasts
are very worthwhile in my opinion. The cost for one to attend one
training would be about $300-$400 and place the Housing Authority
employee out of the office for two days. This is a big savings to
a Small Authority. Sometimes the training is not even considered
unless it is close in the area in order to save dollars. I think
this type of training is very beneficial because it allows other
staff members to observe the training first hand."
Some of the
highlights HUDís webcasts have included: Connecting Community and
Faith-based Non-Profit Organizations with HUD Funding through the
SuperNOFA; Continuum of Care and HOPWA Programs; CPD Technical Assistance
Programs; Drug Elimination Programs-Multifamily, New Approach, and
Overview; Drug Elimination Programs Technical Assistance and Overview;
Economic Development Supportive Services; EDI and BEDI; Fair Housing
and Housing Counseling Program; HOPE VI Grants; Lead Hazard Control
Program; Rural Housing and Economic Development Program; Self-Help
Homeownership Opportunities Program; Supportive Housing Programs;
University and College Programs; Youthbuild; Law Enforcement in
Public Housing; MTCS; Quality Housing and Work Responsibility Act
of 1998; Section 8 Contract Renewals; and Six Steps to Year 2000
more than 3,000 citizens and business partners have tuned into one
of their 30 online "webcasts," in the past nine months.
Webcasts have great potential for conversations with America, virtual
teams, and other outreach efforts. It is easy to imagine the marriage
of computers and TV to change the way the public gets information.
HUD is committed to providing the most cost efficient training and
improving services to all Americans.
Joanne L. Johnson
and Samuel R. Gallagher are Deputy Web Managers at the Department
of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. You may reach
them at (202) 708-1547 or
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org