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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.