WASHINGTON—The National Housing Conference believes deeply that everyone in America should have equal opportunity to live in a quality, affordable home in a thriving community. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has a vital role in bringing this vision to life, and the National Housing Conference is committed to working closely with President-elect Trump’s appointees at that agency to fulfill our national commitment to safe, decent and affordable housing for all.
Dr. Ben Carson, Trump’s intended nominee for HUD Secretary, will arrive at HUD at a time when the agency has built a strong track record of effective housing and community development. HUD’s core programs of rental and homeownership assistance help millions daily, but due to funding limitations, only a quarter of those eligible for help actually receive it. The Rental Assistance Demonstration reform of public housing, ConnectHome and the Multifamily Transformation are among the initiatives that are adapting HUD’s work with the private sector to help families and communities to thrive.
“HUD has a crucial role to play in responding to the shortage of affordable rental housing as well as in local efforts to deconcentrate poverty,” said Chris Estes, president and CEO of the National Housing Conference. “Having access to an affordable home is the foundation for good health, educational success and opportunity for all Americans, and Dr. Carson has the ability to make a significant positive impact on the lives of millions of Americans through a strong commitment to the vital work of this agency.”
Given HUD’s multifaceted portfolio, NHC believes appointments to deputy- and assistant-secretary posts will offer more insight as to the future direction of the agency. We look forward to learning more about President-elect Trump’s and Dr. Carson’s vision for housing and community development policy and to working with the agency to help meet the housing needs of all in America.
About NHC: Everyone in America should have equal opportunity to live in a quality, affordable home in a thriving community. The National Housing Conference educates decision makers and the public about housing policies and practices to move housing forward together. NHC convenes and collaborates with our diverse membership and the broader housing and community development sectors to advance our policy, research and communications initiatives to effect positive change at the federal, state and local levels. Founded in 1931, we are a nonpartisan, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. NHC’s research team operated as the Center for Housing Policy until the organizations merged in 2013.
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