HUD Secretary Julían Castro announced in a February 27 letter to HUD employees that he was appointing Lourdes Castro Ramírez to be Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Public and Indian Housing (PIH).
President Barack Obama nominated Ms. Castro Ramírez to be the Assistant Secretary for PIH on August 1, 2014 and her nomination was approved by the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs on November 19. However, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) put a hold on her nomination on November 12 (see Memo, 11/17/14). Senator Grassley’s objections are related to the Moving to Work (MTW) program. NLIHC sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on December 15 urging that the Senate approve the nomination before the end of the 113th Congress. However, her nomination did not go forward.
The position of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary does not require Senate confirmation. Ms. Castro Ramírez will be the highest ranking official at PIH, allowing HUD to have needed leadership over its largest programs.
Ms. Castro Ramírez is currently the President and CEO of the San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA), a Moving-to-Work (MTW) public housing agency. She began her career with Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation in Ventura County, CA. Later, she joined the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, where she first served as Director of the Jobs-Plus program and then as Director of the Housing Choice Voucher program.