May 3, 2011

Housing Authorities to Celebrate Fathers

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Our guest blogger today is Ron Ashford, HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing

I still remember like it was yesterday – the day my son Tyler came home from the hospital.  The exhaustion of waking up at 3 a.m., the first awkward attempts at changing a diaper and, of course, the euphoria (and terror) I felt for being responsible for this tiny, perfect little person. That little boy is now a young man who is going off to college in the fall.

Being a dad has been my single-greatest experience in my life which is why I never overlook or undervalue the importance any father.  Unfortunately, today’s statistics tell us that far too many fathers are absent in their children’s lives. In an effort to help more fathers connect with their children who live in public housing, HUD is asking housing authorities across the U.S. to host Father’s Day 2011 on Saturday, June 18th.  That day will be a celebration of fatherhood, family and an opportunity to link these men to education, employment, health and many other support services.  After everything is said and done, we’re hoping to encourage fathers to stay connected with their kids.

The NBA, NFL, and many nationally recognized organizations are joining HUD, other government agencies and the housing authorities to make this day a success for both fathers and their children. TODAY at 1 p.m. (EDT),  HUD will have an informational webcast for housing authorities who are interested in hosting an event.  Read more about Fathers Day 2011.

2 Responses to Housing Authorities to Celebrate Fathers

  1. I think this is a great idea and a wonderful step in a positive direction towards reestablishing the importance of fathers in the home. Oftentimes we here about so many mothers struggling to raise children on their own; being both father and mother. Today many are apprehensive about touting such a cause in fear of crossing the lines of what is socially acceptable to do on behalf of government organizations, but what leap by HUD to recognize the breach and try to do their part to reconcile the missing pieces in many homes across America. Thank you for taking on this task and reaching out to families that need it the most.

  2. I applaud this initiative. Although it is generally the father that leaves home it is not always the case, and there does seem to be a lack of energy to help the father keep in touch with their children if they so desire. Seperation of parents is huge for children and unfortunately time can slip by and contact with Dad ceases. So an initiative like HUD can kick start better Dad-child communication.

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