White House Announces Federal Agency Equity Action Plans

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge joined White House officials and other Cabinet Secretaries to announce Equity Action Plans created by more than 90 federal agencies — including all Cabinet-level agencies — as called for in President Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government. Agencies releasing their plans yesterday included HUD, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

HUD’s plan includes actions to reduce the racial homeownership gap and to center equity in the delivery of services to people experiencing homelessness. It also includes priorities related to procurement, fair housing and civil rights, improving asset and credit building for renters interested in transitioning to homeownership, and reducing home appraisal bias. HUD’s Equity Action Plan materials also note that its plan is one of many steps HUD has taken to advance equity for all communities across the nation. Learn more about HUD’s Equity Action Plan at HUD.gov/equity.

The Treasury Department’s plan describes the efforts it has taken “to ensure that equity is at the center of the work we do and the programs we administer,” including implementation of the American Rescue Plan Act (including the Emergency Rental Assistance and Homeowner Assistance Fund programs); directing capital to Community Development Financial Institutions and Minority Depository Institutions; and bringing on one of the most diverse leadership teams in Treasury’s history, including Treasury’s first-ever Counselor for Racial Equity.

USDA’s plan says it will reduce barriers to USDA programs and improve support to underserved farmers, ranchers, landowners, and farmworkers; increase USDA infrastructure investments that benefit underserved communities; expand equitable access to USDA nutrition assistance programs; advance equity in federal procurement; uphold federal trust and treaty responsibilities to Indian tribes; and institutionalize an unwavering commitment to and actions toward ensuring civil rights.

Learn more about the administration’s Equity Agenda at whitehouse.gov/equity.

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