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Department of Housing and Urban Development

POSTED: January 03, 2009, 12:00 am

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Secretary: Shaun Donovan
Department of Housing and Urban Development
451 Seventh Street, SW
Washington, DC 20410

The Secretary formulates recommendations for basic policies in the fields of housing and community development; encourages private enterprise participation in housing and community development; promotes the growth of cities and States and the efficient and effective use of housing and community and economic development resources by stimulating private sector initiatives, public/private sector partnerships, and public entrepreneurship; ensures equal access to housing and affirmatively prevents discrimination in housing; and provides general oversight for the Federal National Mortgage Association.

Background: The Department of Housing and Urban Development is the principal Federal agency responsible for programs concerned with the nation’s housing needs, fair housing opportunities, and improvement and development of the nation’s communities.

Historical Note*: The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was established in 1965 by the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act (42 U.S.C. 3532-3537). It was created to:

Administer the principal programs that provide assistance for housing and for the development of the nation’s communities;

Encourage the solution of housing and community development problems through states and localities; and

Encourage the maximum contributions that may be made by vigorous private homebuilding and mortgage lending industries, both primary and secondary, to housing, community and development, and the national economy.

*Dr. Robert C. Weaver served as the first Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development and was the first Black American to serve on a President’s Cabinet.

Program Areas:

Community Planning and Development

Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight

Government National Mortgage Association


Healthy Homes and Lead Hazard Control

Public and Indian Housing

Source: United States Government Manual