Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) (Federal Agency Profiles)
ESTABLISHED: November 9, 1965
ADDRESS: 451 7th St. SW Washington, DC 20410
PHONE: (202) 708-0417
TDD (HEARING IMPAIRED): (202) 708-1455
FAX: (202) 708-0299
SECRETARY OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT: Andrew Cuomo
WHAT IS ITS MISSION?
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was established to address the nation's housing needs. In addition, HUD is responsible for ensuring fair housing opportunities for all U.S. citizens and is engaged in a broad spectrum of programs designed to improve the quality of life in communities throughout the United States. HUD also administers mortgage insurance programs; provides rent subsidies to low- and moderate-income families who otherwise would be unable to afford adequate housing; provides funds for construction of new public housing and rehabilitation of existing units; and addresses cases of discrimination in public housing.
HOW IS IT STRUCTURED?
HUD is a cabinet-level agency and is part of the executive branch of government. It is led by a secretary who is appointed by...
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Housing and Urban Development Department (West's Encyclopedia of American Law)
The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is the principal federal agency responsible for programs concerned with housing needs, fair housing opportunities, and improving and developing U.S. communities.
HUD was established in 1965 by the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act (42 U.S.C.A. § 3532537). Its major functions include insuring mortgages for single-family and multifamily dwellings and extending loans for home improvements and for the purchase of mobile homes; channeling funds from investors into the mortgage industry through the GOVERNMENT NATIONAL MORTGAGE ASSOCIATION; and making loans for the construction or rehabilitation of housing projects for older and handicapped persons. HUD also provides federal housing subsidies for low- and moderate-income families, makes grants to states and local communities for development activities related to housing, and promotes and enforces laws, policies, and regulations supporting fair housing and equal housing opportunities.
HUD is administered under the supervision and direction of a cabinet-level secretary appointed by the president. The secretary of HUD formulates recommendations for housing and community development policy and works with the Executive Office of the President and other federal agencies to ensure that housing policies are consistent with other economic and fiscal policies of the...
(The entire section is 1207 words.)