10/19/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/19/2021 10:02
HUD No. 21-173
HUD Public Affairs
October 19, 2021
HUD's Week in Review
WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge and Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman participated in a number of housing and community development related events throughout the past week. Secretary Fudge amplified the Biden-Harris Administration's Build Back Better agenda and its investments in housing, including rehabilitation and sustainability, resilience, economic development, and community revitalization. Deputy Secretary Todman surveyed disaster recovery efforts funded with Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) resources. They visited Oakland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego, California; San Juan and Caguas, Puerto Rico; and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
Below are photos, descriptions, and coverage of the Secretary and Deputy Secretary's public events.
Secretary Fudge Travels to California to Amplify Build Back Better agenda
Secretary Fudge traveled to San Diego on Monday, October 18 to deliver the keynote address at the Mortgage Bankers Association Annual Convention to amplify HUD's efforts to expand affordable homeownership opportunities and advance racial equity in our housing market.
On Sunday, October 17, the Secretary traveled to Los Angeles to attend the Milken Global Institute Conference and take part in conversations with leaders in government and the financial services sector. Secretary Fudge highlighted the Biden-Harris Administration's efforts to address our homelessness crisis, expand America's supply of affordable housing, combat climate change, and enforce our nation's fair housing laws.
Prior to those engagements, Secretary Fudge traveled to Oakland on Thursday, October 14 and to San Francisco, California on Friday, October 15 for Build Back Better events.
While in Oakland and San Francisco, the Secretary spoke with residents and visited affordable living communities and amplified the significant investments to housing construction and rehabilitation, community revitalization, and economic development included in the Biden-Harris Administration's Build Back Better agenda.
Secretary Fudge was joined by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Representative Barbara Lee, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and San Francisco Mayor London Breed among other elected, local, and community leaders. The Secretary's trip coverage includes: California Playbook, SF Gate, KTVU, CBS San Francisco, Local News Matters, and the San Francisco Examiner.
Deputy Secretary Todman Travels to U.S. Virgin Islands to Discuss Disaster Relief and Recovery
Deputy Secretary Todman traveled to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) on Friday, October 15 to survey the island's disaster recovery efforts, see progress being made toward the USVI's Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) Action Plan goals, and underscore the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to the islands' full recovery and renewal from weather-related disasters.
While in the USVI, the Deputy Secretary met with Governor Albert Byran Jr.,Virgin Islands Housing Finance Authority (VIHFA) Executive Director Daryl Griffith, VIHFA Chief Disaster Recovery Officer Dayna Clendinen, and VIHFA CDBG-DR Director of Programs Ann Hanley. The Deputy Secretary's trip coverage includes: The Virgin Islands Daily News, The St. Thomas Source, Virgin Islands Free Press, and the Virgin Islands Consortium.
Deputy Secretary Todman Travels to Puerto Rico to Survey Disaster Relief and Recovery Efforts
Deputy Secretary Todman traveled to San Juan and Caguas, Puerto Rico on Wednesday, October 13 to survey the island's disaster recovery efforts, see progress being made toward Puerto Rico's Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Relief (CDBG-DR) Action Plan goals, and underscore the Biden-Harris Administration's commitment to the island's full recovery and renewal.
While in Puerto Rico, the Deputy Secretary met with Governor Pedro Pierluisi, Puerto Rico Resident Commissioner and U.S. Congresswoman Jennifer González-Colón, and Puerto Rico Secretary of Housing William Rodríguez. The Deputy Secretary's trip was covered by El Nuevo Día (The New Day), the Weekly Journal, WAPA-TV, Metro PR, and El Vocero.