President-elect Joe Biden announced on December 8 he will nominate Representative Marcia Fudge (D-OH) as the new secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. If confirmed, Representative Fudge will lead HUD during a time of extraordinary challenges and hardship for our nation’s lowest-income renters and people experiencing homelessness. NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel emphasized that at the top of Representative Fudge’s agenda should be ensuring low-income renters remain housed, are protected under an extended eviction moratorium, and receive emergency rental assistance.
“I look forward to...[serving] all those who are struggling and looking for the fair shot we all deserve,” Representative Fudge said during a press conference on December 11. “We will take on the deep-set roots of poverty and homelessness; we will fight for housing in every community that is affordable, decent, and safe.”
Prior to her election to Congress, Fudge was mayor of Warrensville Heights, OH, where she led the city in providing new residential construction. As a Congresswoman, she has been an advocate for the HOME Investment Partnerships program (see Memo 3/25) and a staunch supporter of nutrition assistance programs.
If Representative Fudge is confirmed by the Senate, NLIHC is committed to working with her and her team, congressional delegations on both sides of the aisle, and our members, partners, and allies towards ensuring the country’s lowest-income people have safe, affordable, and accessible homes. We will work with President-elect Biden and his administration, Representative Fudge, and Congress to expand proven solutions to ending homelessness and housing poverty once and for all.
See Diane Yentel’s Twitter thread on the announcement here.
Read NLIHC’s statement on Representative Fudge’s nomination at: https://tinyurl.com/y2k7dshy