FY 1998 - 2003 Strategic Plan
HUD cannot assume sole responsibility for the general welfare
and security of the Nation and the health and living standards
Americans require. The Department of Housing and Urban Development
Act (42 USC 3631, et seq.) stated:
"...establishment of an executive department is desirable
to . . . assist the President in achieving maximum coordination
of the various Federal activities which have a major effect upon
urban community, suburban or metropolitan development
To that end, HUD has worked with community leaders and public
interest organizations throughout its history to achieve the maximum
benefits for the American people. We will continue to do so and
will partner with HHS, Labor and other Federal agencies to achieve
a better national community.
Discussed below are some examples of partnerships currently active
within the Department.
As part of the President's Brownfields Initiative, HUD provides
monies in competitive economic development grants to communities
to redevelop contaminated Brownfields after they are cleaned up.
This inter-agency effort is coordinated with the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of the Treasury.
An impediment to economic development and jobs are the Brownfields
sites in the older industrial cities and small towns. The GAO
estimates that there are some 130,000 to 425,000 contaminated
sites throughout the United States. Many of these sites have
potential for economic development because of their strategic
location, but because of fear of lawsuits because of contamination,
owners are reluctant to develop them.
A partnership has been developed to address this problem. HUD
and EPA are two critical components of this partnership. EPA
will provide grants to communities for site assessment and redevelopment
planning and expanded support for revolving loans to finance Brownfields
clean up efforts at the local level. HUD's primary function is
to focus on developing the sites to return them to productive
uses that create jobs and to address the economic development
needs of communities in and around these sites. In addition to
the creation of jobs, recycling the non-reforming contaminated
property is essential to the revitalization of cities with large
areas of contamination.
Housing Working Groups
Housing believes strongly in partnering. From 1993 through the
present, there have been 33 working groups with hundreds of participants.
We are proud of the work that has been done to date and have
confidence that these groups will continue to contribute to the
achievement of our objectives.
Two Working Groups should be especially noted:
- The GSE Advisory Working Group, which provides a forum
for discussion and information sharing on regulatory and partnership
activities involving Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
- The Affordable Lending Working Group, which discusses
the performance of affordable housing loans, including a definition
of affordable housing lending, whether or not there is and would
be a risk issue and how that risk may be managed effectively.
In addition, there are several Multifamily and Single Family
Working Groups which encourage communication and provide Housing
with a wealth of resources.
FHEO, Housing and Voluntary Compliance
Section 809 of the Fair Housing Act requires the Secretary of
HUD to "work out programs of voluntary compliance" with
persons in the housing industry and others. HUD plans to accelerate
its efforts to promote voluntary compliance by promoting "best
practices" among housing lenders and voluntary agreements
with housing industry groups.
FHEO and Other Partnerships
HUD is also promoting the establishment of national and local
partnerships, which bring natural allies together to address housing
issues of common concern. Partnerships develop strategies and
actions that remove barriers to fair housing choices and opportunities.
HUD will expand partnerships with housing industry groups by
executing and renewing formal partnerships with the housing industry
or other groups designed to affirmatively promote fair housing.
Public and Indian Housing
Transformation of Public Housing is not limited to physical demolition
and reconstruction of uninhabitable public housing. It also helps
build communities. PHAs are working in partnership with experienced
public and private sector developers to create privately owned,
economically integrated developments. These developments include
public housing by leveraging other resources, so that public housing
benefits from market incentives for good maintenance and management.
PIH and the Communities
HUD has proposed authorizing legislation that would encourage
Housing Authorities to partner with local welfare and employment
agencies in order to facilitate resident involvement in self-sufficiency
programs. These include:
- Authorization of a Welfare to Work Certificates program
that would grant tenant based assistance resources to Housing
Authorities and welfare agency collaboratives. This proposal
would provide much needed additional assisted housing and coordinated
self-sufficiency services to families while generating and testing
replicable models of best practices to Housing Authorities nationwide.
- Encouraging PHAs to use best efforts to develop cooperative
agreements with local welfare agencies.
- Authorizing a new PHMAP indicator on PHA efforts to coordinate
and promote resident involvement in self-sufficiency programs.
CPD and the Communities
A key strategy for CPD has been to reduce citizen alienation
by strengthening citizen participation requirements in all of
its programs. The plans for some 72 Empowerment Zones and Enterprise
Communities and the over 1000 Consolidated Plans for States, entitlement
communities and consortia all over the United States were developed
with strong citizen participation. Field Offices evaluate each
Consolidated Plan annually in terms of the adequacy of citizen
There are thousands of State and local governments and non-profits
all over the United States which have entered into partnership
to address the needs of homeless persons. Many of these partnerships
are metropolitan-wide or are coordinated at the State level.
There are some 524 participating jurisdictions throughout the
United States which are the primary public partners for the HOME
program: 346 metropolitan cities, 83 urban counties, 95 consortia
and 52 states including the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth
of Puerto Rico. In addition, Community Housing Development Organizations
(CHDOs) and other non-profits are local partners under the HOME
program. Less than four years after the first funding was made
available under the program, there are more than 2,200 CHDOs.
Participating jurisdictions have reserved between 22 and 24 percent
of the HOME funds for CHDOs in recent fiscal years.
There are over 10,000 subrecipients receiving funds from the
CDBG program which are partners in the community development process.
Many of these provide housing rehabilitation.
Technical assistance activities under the HOME and CDBG programs
have been largely decentralized to the Field Offices as an instrument
for improving the performance of our State, local and non-profit