Department of Housing
and Urban Development
History/Current of HUD
The HUD is a cabinet department in the executive branch of the U.S. federal government. It was founded as a Cabinet department in 1965, by President Johnson as part of his "Great Society" program to help improve the system of housing, he signed the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act into law. The purpose for this department is to help support Americans with having a home, being able to afford housing without being discriminated, and helping the community develop to be a better place for everyone. Our 16th current head of the HUD is Julian Castro, he swore on July 28, 2014. As Secretary, Castro's focus is ensuring that HUD is a clear, powerful and active champion for the people it serves.
- When hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, many members of the program went to examine how they live now compared to how they lived before the disaster. Since the disaster there has been lots of new constructions for the people who are homeless. It is such a friendly executive department.
- HUD Invests in communities by providing $150 million for more communities to develop full local and regional housing and transportation plans that result in sustainable development.
- HUD reduces greenhouse gas emissions, and increased transit-accessible housing.
- Provides $35 billion to preserve rental housing assistance to 4.7 million low-income families.
- The cities rioted after Dr. King's assassination, and destruction in every part of the United States, the words of President Johnson and Congressional leaders rang the Bell of Reason for the House of Representatives, who subsequently passed the Fair Housing Act.
Currents events involved with HUD
- HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research on January 12, 2016, for a thought-provoking discussion exploring how HUD’s policies have evolved over the last 50 years and what direction they may take going forward.
- Latest event involving HUD on October 1, 2015, when citizens were able to: hear the latest on the U.S. housing markets; learn what communities have accomplished by adopting a regional approach to planning; and ask knowledgeable researchers and practitioners about the difficult issues surrounding regional planning.