Center for American Progress

STATEMENT: As HUD Secretary, Marcia Fudge Will Work Tirelessly To Ensure Every American Has a Safe, Secure Place to Call Home
Press Statement

STATEMENT: As HUD Secretary, Marcia Fudge Will Work Tirelessly To Ensure Every American Has a Safe, Secure Place to Call Home

Washington, D.C. — Today, the Biden transition team announced that President-elect Biden will nominate Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) to be the next secretary of housing and urban development. Following the announcement, Mara Rudman, executive vice president for policy at the Center for American Progress, issued the following statement:

As HUD secretary, Rep. Fudge will use her considerable intellect and energy to ensure that every American has a safe, secure place to call home. For many years, Rep. Fudge has advocated for affordable housing and fought housing discrimination in rural and urban communities alike. Through her years as a mayor and congresswoman, she has shown a deep commitment to use federal policy to better communities and people’s lives.

She is entering HUD at a particularly crucial time in its history. Millions of Americans are finding themselves on the verge of losing their homes due to the Trump administration’s and Senate’s unwillingness to pass eviction protections for those harmed by the COVID-19 crisis. She is also entering a department that, under its current secretary, has actively worked to increase housing discrimination by revoking the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule and by lowering its standards for proving racial discrimination housing by blunting its disparate impact rule. I have no doubt that as HUD secretary, Rep. Fudge will work tirelessly not only to address these immediate crises but also to address the long-standing structural issues that have left so many people without secure housing for so many years.

For more information or to speak to an expert, contact Julia Cusick at jcusick@americanprogress.org.