Secretary Carson recently laid out his goals for HUD in an op-ed in The Hill, including organizing and delivering HUD services more efficiently; renewing HUD’s commitment to homeownership for first-time buyers and taking a “hard look” at the way HUD provides rental assistance; and expanding community investment through public-private partnerships to help households become more self-sufficient.
Secretary Carson has also said that HUD will make low-income housing a priority as it begins the process of distributing disaster recovery funds to the areas devastated by recent Hurricanes. According to Sec. Carson, much more aid will be needed than the $15 billion that Congress passed last month. Pamela Patenaude, who was sworn in as HUD’s new deputy secretary last week, will lead HUD’s long-term recovery efforts following Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, playing a primary and operational role in coordinating the work of 16 program and support offices within HUD to help state and local governments design and execute their recovery plans to rebuild damaged housing, businesses and critical infrastructure.