In HUD news, Pamela Patenaude, the Trump administration’s nominee for HUD Deputy Secretary, testified before the Senate Banking Committee last week. In her testimony, she discussed the severe cost burden facing 11 million renters and the transformational impact of housing assistance for participating households. Patenaude explained that, if confirmed, she would focus on developing new solutions to address the affordable housing crisis in the U.S. and on implementing the critical mission of HUD. She faced tough questions from committee members about the president’s proposed FY 2018 budget, as well as questions about her priorities if confirmed, impacts of lead poisoning and how to serve homeless veterans.
Patenaude described her priorities as supporting programs with proven track records, exploring program reforms in future budgets and encouraging the removal of barriers to affordable housing at the federal, state and local levels. The Senate Banking Committee has postponed the vote on her nomination; it was originally scheduled for yesterday.