May 8, 2012

A Revolution in Planning

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It used to be that HUD would require more than 1,200 cities, counties and states to undergo a paper-based, time-intensive and costly planning process as a condition of receiving billions of dollars in federal funding. No more. HUD is launching the eCon Planning Suite, a set of 21st Century data and technology tools to help communities […]

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September 27, 2011

Renewing the American Dream – Investing in our Communities’ Well-Being

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This blog originally appeared on the White House’s official blog as part of a celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. As Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development (CPD) at HUD, I frame our work by asking – what is it only the Federal government can do?  By investing in communities and building their capacity to […]

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July 26, 2011

HUD: Going to Work in Southern Texas

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Cross posted from WhiteHouse.gov I recently had the opportunity to attend the 4th Annual Border Summit of the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) in McAllen, Texas.  I was joined at the summit by federal partners from USDA and Treasury—Judy Canales, Administrator for Rural Business and Cooperative Programs at USDA-Rural Development and Donna […]

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June 23, 2011

Better Farmworker Housing as One Path to a Stronger Rural America

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Our guest blogger today is Mercedes Márquez, HUD Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development. As the granddaughter of farmworkers, I know how hard farmworkers work and I know the tremendous contribution they make to the American economy and to the meals our families eat every day. Today I am in our nation’s northwest, speaking […]

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April 8, 2011

HOME Conference Update

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We are a few weeks away from the HOME Program Conference, Finding a New Way Home: The Next Twenty Years, scheduled for May 2-4th in Bethesda, Maryland. Since my last posting on March 30th, some wonderful progress has been made. The 20th Anniversary Door Knocker Award recipients have been selected and will be announced at […]

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