August 7, 2013

Strengthening the Middle Class for African Americans Through Housing

Crossed posted from It wasn’t that long ago that our housing market was in a free-fall – in fact, most of us know somebody in our family or circle of friends who was in danger of losing a home, were foreclosed on, or who had to do a short sale on their property. In […]

June 27, 2013

Creating A More Stable Environment For Future Generations

Earlier this week, I watched President Obama make history by releasing the first ever comprehensive Climate Action Plan for the United States. This plan is needed now more than ever.  Recent events have shown how carbon pollution is affecting our environment. We’ve seen Hurricane Sandy destroy neighborhoods.  We’ve seen wildfires raging in Arizona, California and […]

June 5, 2013

Rebuilding the Middle Class and the American Dream

June is Homeownership Month, a time to celebrate something that’s central to this thing we call ‘the American Dream.’  As our nation continues to recover from the housing crisis, we also must reflect on ways to promote responsible and sustainable homeownership. Perhaps then it’s only right that the theme of this Homeownership Month is Rebuilding […]

February 28, 2013

HUD and BET Chairwoman Debra Lee Salute African American History Month at HUD

Throughout Black History Month we honor the legacy of African Americans who have helped shape our great nation. Earlier this week, I was pleased to welcome BET Chairwoman and CEO Debra L. Lee to HUD, and join with HUD staff to affirm this important legacy. The message of Black History Month is a particularly significant […]

August 13, 2012

Three years later, it’s time to follow through

It was three years ago on a steamy August afternoon when HUD, the Justice Department and Westchester County, New York came together to celebrate  a landmark civil rights agreement.  At the time, Secretary Donovan said, “The agreement we announce today demonstrates Westchester County’s commitment to make sure its neighborhoods are open to everyone, regardless of […]