U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Shaun Donovan, Secretary
Office of Public Affairs, Washington, DC 20410
HUD No. 09-054 For Release
Melanie Roussell Thursday
(202) 708-0980 May 7, 2009
HUD FY2010 Budget Shifts Focus to Responsibility, Effectiveness, and Transparency
(Washington, DC)- U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today unveiled the Department's fiscal year 2010 budget, which focuses on responsibility, effectiveness and transparency. The proposed 2010 budget exercises strong fiscal discipline, consolidating or eliminating 27 programs and activities, and investing in initiatives to increase transparency and accountability.
"We are cutting or consolidating programs that don't work and instead, investing in programs that do work," said Secretary Donovan. "The HUD budget will put in place systemic reform and policy innovation, and harness private sector capital and talent as well as new kinds of partnership and collaboration to respond to the nation's housing crisis, address new national priorities, and change the way HUD does business."
The budget will allow HUD to effectively respond to the housing crisis through new efforts to strengthen FHA, curb mortgage abuse and predatory practices, and increase counseling for homeowners at risk of foreclosure. Importantly, HUD will not be asking taxpayers to support FHA's single family program in the 2010 budget. The budget will also help HUD shape new markets and methods in the production and preservation of affordable housing, the "greening" of residential housing, the regeneration of high poverty neighborhoods and the promotion of sustainable growth.
Highlights from HUD's FY2010 Budget include:
"We went line by line, to see where we could cut spending in order to invest in effective programs that contribute to our nation's long term economic growth and recovery," said Secretary Donovan. "This budget addresses the nation's current housing crisis by finding savings and making targeted investments to help grow the economy and keep people in their homes. I look forward to the consideration and approval of this budget in Congress."
For more information about HUD's fiscal year 2010 budget proposal, please visit www.hud.gov.
HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to sustaining homeownership; creating affordable housing opportunities for low-income Americans; and supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities and people living with AIDS. The Department also promotes economic and community development and enforces the nation's fair housing laws. More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and espanol.hud.gov.