Over the past two weeks, several of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees whose agencies impact affordable housing and community development have been confirmed by the full Senate. Included among these new agency heads are Steven T. Mnuchin at Treasury, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as Attorney General, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) at the Department of Health and Human Services, David J. Shulkin at the Department of Veterans Affairs and Betsy DeVos at the Department of Education.
As DeVos takes control of the Department of Education, the housing sector must consider how shifts in education policy could affect affordable housing and community development. During her confirmation hearing, DeVos expressed support for charter schools, private school vouchers, virtual schools, for-profit schools and other alternatives to traditional public school education. As Secretary, she is widely expected to prioritize policies and programs that provide greater funding for such “school choice” options. Since housing choices are often proxies for educational access, particularly for lower-income households, it is critical for those in housing and education to work together to help raise academic achievement and create neighborhoods of opportunity for all students. Learn more about how education policy can shape neighborhoods in Enterprise’s blog post.