I’m happy to announce the commencement of the 50th Anniversary celebration for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). On behalf of everyone at HUD, I hope you’ll join us as we honor our past and reflect upon the important opportunities that our Agency has provided to millions of Americans.
This September, HUD Secretary Julián Castro will deliver an address commemorating our 50th Anniversary at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. The ceremony will continue a series of events recognizing HUD’s proud legacy and will coincide with the signing of the bill by President Johnson that established HUD as a Cabinet-level agency on September 9, 1965.
In the months preceding and succeeding the Secretary’s remarks, HUD will also introduce a number of additional initiatives as part of our anniversary celebration.
The first is the launching of our HUD 50 website. I invite you to take a moment and discover some of the great content available on the page. For example:
- There’s an interactive timeline that allows you to trace the entire history of HUD, one that starts with the founding of the Federal Housing Administration in the midst of the Great Depression and ends with the crucial steps our Department took to stem the housing crisis of the Great Recession.
- You can also read about some of the extraordinary people who began their lives in public housing – a list that includes a former U.S. President, a current Supreme Court Justice, and the CEO of a billion-dollar corporation.
- And since none of HUD’s accomplishments would have been possible without our incredible employees, our site will acknowledge some of the inspirational women and men who’ve helped to shape our identity, while also highlighting some of the great work that our employees continue to perform each and every day.
And this is only the beginning – over the course of the year we’ll add more informative materials to our webpage and announce events that will take place throughout the country. Follow us on social media using the hashtag #HUDat50 to view the latest updates.
HUD 50th anniversary isn’t just about celebrating our proud history – it’s about building for the next 50 years. As Secretary Castro has said, “HUD’s mission is about more than bricks and mortar.” Where people live shapes how they live – the jobs available to them, the health outcomes they experience, the educational opportunities their children receive, the transportation options they can access, and the overall quality-of-life they enjoy.
Our employees are dedicated to laying a strong foundation for the next 50 years.
Betsaida Alcantara is the Assistant Secretary for the Office of Public Affairs.