Proposed Changes to HUD's Mission Statement
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has proposed changes to its mission statement. The proposed new statement is:
HUD’s mission is to ensure Americans have access to fair, affordable housing and opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency, thereby strengthening our communities and nation.
The current mission statement, which was last updated in 2010, is:
HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination, and transform the way HUD does business.
The proposed statement would shorten the mission from 63 words to 23. Housing and civil rights groups have pushed back against the changes, stating their concerns that inclusive, anti-discrimination language would be removed.
Dr. Ben Carson, secretary of HUD, sent a letter to HUD employees stating the department is considering a change to the mission statement and is seeking comments and ideas from HUD senior staff.
In a public statement, HUD said, "You can be sure of one thing—any mission statement for this Department will embody the principle of fairness as a central element of everything that we do. HUD has been, is now, and will always be committed to ensuring inclusive housing, free from discrimination for all Americans.”