August 21, 2014

HUD’s CDBG Program at 40: A Legacy of Opportunity

President Gerald R. Ford signs into law the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974.

Forty years ago this month, President Gerald Ford signed into law the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, giving birth to the Community Development Block Grant Program.  In the 40 years since, CDBG has been at work in thousands of urban and rural communities, supporting a wide variety of activities from improving public infrastructure to producing affordable housing. Continue reading

August 5, 2014

A new chapter for Magnolia Crossing in Yazoo, Mississippi

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(Left to Right) Dorothy Travis (Resident), Flora Knight (Resident), Marcia Lewis (HUD), Addie Edwards (resident), Jerrie Magruder (HUD)

July 10, 2014 was ground breaking day for the Magnolia Crossing Development renovation project in Yazoo City, MS. As an intern, it was my first day personally seeing the results of the Rental Assistance Demonstration, or “RAD,” program. Before the ceremony, the letters RAD simply meant a program in HUD that I viewed on paper. After the ceremony, I had the privilege of speaking with residents of Magnolia Crossing, the chairperson of the Yazoo City Housing Authority, and the Mayor of Yazoo City. Now the RAD program, created to preserve the nation’s stock of deeply affordable rental housing, means so much more to me. Continue reading

July 17, 2014

Lessons from Lamborghini

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There are few honors that can compare to serving President Obama under Secretary Donovan. Certainly marrying my beautiful wife tops my list and having three dear children with her make the grade. Serving in the Marine Corps and the Army were fulfilling, and serving the good people of Illinois as CIO and CISO provided great privileges. Yet, being tapped for the role of CIO at HUD is the greatest privilege of my career. Continue reading