Secretary Carson Restates HUD Commitment to Fair Housing

first_img Ben Carson Department of Housing and Urban Development Fair Housing Act Housing Discrimination HUD 2018-03-08 David Wharton Previous: Industry Pulse: Updates on Aspen Grove, Carrington and More … Next: The Cost of GSE Reform Secretary Carson Restates HUD Commitment to Fair Housing in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Journal, News Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save  Print This Post Tagged with: Ben Carson Department of Housing and Urban Development Fair Housing Act Housing Discrimination HUD March 8, 2018 1,730 Views The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago On Thursday, HUD Secretary Ben Carson fired back against accusations that proposed changes to the HUD mission statement represented a rolling back of the agency’s commitment to fair housing practices.Carson was responding to reports earlier in the week that HUD was considering removing the words “free from discrimination” from its official mission statement. Various outlets reported that the proposed new mission statement’s wording would read, “HUD’s mission is to ensure Americans have access to fair, affordable housing and opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency, thereby strengthening our communities and nation.”HUD’s current mission statement reads, “HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination, and transform the way HUD does business.”HUD and Secretary Carson came under fire from accusations that the altered wording indicated a diminished commitment to ensuring fair housing practices and preventing discrimination. However, Secretary Carson took a firm stance in his official response, Thursday, releasing an open letter to HUD employees that pushed back against the claims that he was charting a different course for the agency.”It’s not enough that I merely assert these news reports are patently false,” read Carson’s statement. “It’s necessary that I personally address them and reassure you, the HUD family, that nothing could be further from the truth.”Secretary Carson continued, explaining that “The Department’s mission statement has changed from time to time to capture the dynamic nature of our work. It changed in 2003 and again in 2010. Now, in 2018, we are considering another change to our mission statement and are seeking comments and ideas from our senior staff. But the notion that any new mission statement would reflect a lack of commitment to fair housing is nonsense.”Citing the upcoming 50th anniversary of President Johnson signing the Fair Housing Act into law, Secretary Carson expressed a continuing commitment to the law’s focus and purpose. Secretary Carson said, “The ideals of that law, and our continuing work to support them, are really quite simple—fair is fair.” About Author: David Wharton Subscribe Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Secretary Carson Restates HUD Commitment to Fair Housing Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img

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