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Department of Housing and Urban Development

451 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20410


Deputy Secretary Janet Golrick, Acting

Assistant Secretary, Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations (vacancy)
Assistant Secretary, Field Policy and Management (vacancy)
Assistant Secretary, Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (vacancy)
Assistant Secretary, Policy Development and Research (vacancy)
Assistant Secretary, Public Affairs (vacancy)

Chief Administrative Officer / Executive Secretary Helen Goff Foster
Chief Human Capital Officer Towanda Brooks
Chief Information Officer (vacancy)
Chief of Staff Sheila Greenwood
Chief Procurement Officer Keith W. Surber

Deputy Chief Financial Officer Courtney B. Timberlake

Director, Office of Departmental Equal Employment Opportunity John P. Benison
Director, Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes Michelle Miller, Acting
Director, Office of Strategic Planning and Management Henry Hensley

General Counsel Linda Cruciani, Acting
Inspector General David A. Montoya

President, Government National Mortgage Association–Ginnie Mae (vacancy)

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Community Planning and Development (vacancy)
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Housing (vacancy)
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Public and Indian Housing (vacancy)

The above list of key personnel was updated 03–2017.

The above list of key personnel was updated 03–2017.

The Department of Housing and Urban Development oversees housing needs nationwide, ensures fair housing opportunities, and creates strong, sustainable, and inclusive communities.

Organizational Chart

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was established in 1965 by the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act (42 U.S.C. 3532–3537). It was created to administer the principal programs that provide assistance for housing and the development of communities; to promote finding solutions to housing and community development problems through States and localities; and to maximize contributions of the homebuilding and mortgage lending industries to housing, community development, and the national economy.

HUD administers many programs; however, it has six core functions: insuring mortgages for single-family and multifamily dwellings and extending loans for home improvement and for the purchasing of mobile homes; channeling funds from investors to the mortgage industry through the Government National Mortgage Association–Ginnie Mae; making direct loans for construction or rehabilitation of housing projects that benefit the elderly and handicapped; providing Federal housing subsidies for low- and moderate-income families; giving community development grants to States and communities; and promoting and enforcing fair housing and equal housing opportunity.


The Secretary formulates policy recommendations affecting housing and community development; encourages the participation of private enterprise in housing and community development; promotes the growth of cities and States and the efficient and effective use of housing and community and economic development resources by stimulating private sector initiatives, public-private sector partnerships, and public entrepreneurship; ensures equal access to housing and affirmatively prevents housing discrimination; and oversees the Federal National Mortgage Association–Fannie Mae.

To learn more about the powers of the Secretary, visit HUD's Web site:

Program Areas

Community Planning and Development

The Office of Community and Planning Development administers grant programs to help communities plan and finance growth and development, to increase their governing capacity, and to shelter and provide services for the homeless. The Office is responsible for implementing Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs for entitlement communities; the State- and HUD-administered Small Cities Program; community development loan guarantees; special purpose grants for insular areas and historically black colleges and universities; Appalachian Regional Commission grants; the Home Investment in Affordable Housing Program, which provides Federal assistance for housing rehabilitation, tenant-based assistance, first-time homebuyers, and new construction when a jurisdiction is determined to need new rental housing; the Department's programs to address homelessness; the John Heinz Neighborhood Development Program; community outreach partnerships; the joint community development plan that assists institutions of higher education working in concert with State and local governments to undertake activities under the CDBG program; community adjustment and economic diversification planning grants; empowerment zones and enterprise communities; efforts to improve the environment; and community planning and development efforts of other departments and agencies, public and private organizations, private industry, financial markets, and international organizations.

Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

The Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity administers fair housing laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination in public and private housing; equal opportunity laws and regulations prohibiting discrimination in HUD-assisted housing and community development programs; the fair housing assistance grants program to provide financial and technical assistance to State and local government agencies to implement local fair housing laws and ordinances; and the Community Housing Resources Boards program to provide grants for fair housing activities, including outreach and education, identification of institutional barriers to fair housing, and telephone hotlines for complaints.

Government National Mortgage Association–Ginnie Mae

This Government corporation supports expanded affordable housing by providing an efficient, Government-guaranteed secondary market vehicle to link the capital markets with Federal housing markets. Ginnie Mae guarantees mortgage-backed securities composed of FHA-insured or VA-guaranteed mortgage loans that private lenders issued and Ginnie Mae guaranteed with the full faith and credit of the United States. These programs allow Ginnie Mae to increase the overall supply of credit available for housing by providing a vehicle for channeling funds from the securities market into the mortgage market.


The Office of Housing oversees aid for construction and financing of new and rehabilitated housing and for preservation of existing housing. The Office underwrites single-family, multifamily, property improvement, and manufactured home loans; administers special purpose programs designed for the elderly, handicapped, and chronically mentally ill; administers housing assistance programs for low-income families having difficulties affording standard housing; administers grants to fund resident ownership of multifamily house properties; and protects consumers against fraudulent land development and promotional practices.

Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes

The Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes is responsible for lead hazard control policy development, abatement, training, regulations, and research. Activities of the Office include increasing public and building-industry awareness of the dangers of lead-based paint poisoning and the options for detection, risk reduction, and abatement; encouraging the development of safer, more effective, and less costly methods for detection, risk reduction, and abatement; and encouraging State and local governments to develop lead-based paint programs covering contractor certification, hazard reduction, financing, enforcement, and primary prevention, including public education.

Public and Indian Housing

The Office of Public and Indian Housing administers public and Indian housing programs; assists technically and financially with planning, developing, and managing low-income projects; subsidizes the operations of public housing agencies (PHAs) and Indian housing authorities (IHAs) and provides procedures for reviewing the management of public housing agencies; administers the comprehensive improvement assistance and comprehensive grant programs for modernizing low-income housing projects; administers programs for resident participation, resident management, home ownership, economic development and supportive services, and drug-free neighborhood programs; protects low-income tenants from lead-based paint poisoning by requiring PHAs and IHAs to comply with HUD regulations for the testing and removal of lead-based paint; implements and monitors program requirements related to program eligibility and admission of families to public and assisted housing, as well as tenant income and rent requirements for continued occupancy; administers the HOPE VI and vacancy reduction programs; administers voucher and certificate programs and the Moderate Rehabilitation Program; coordinates all departmental housing and community development programs for Indian and Alaskan Natives; and awards grants to PHAs and IHAs for the construction, acquisition, and operation of public and Indian housing projects.

Sources of Information

A–Z Index

An alphabetical index is available on the HUD Web site to help visitors search for specific topics or browse content that aligns with their interests.

Business Opportunities

To learn about contracting opportunities, programs, and resources, use the link below. The Office of the Chief Procurement Officer can provide additional information. Phone, 202-708-1290. TDD, 202-708-1455.

Career Opportunities

Information on career opportunities—including opportunities for veterans, students, and people with disabilities—is available online. Information is also available from the Personnel Division at the nearest regional office and from the Office of Human Resources in Washington, DC. Phone, 202-708-0408.

Data / Research

The Office of Policy Development and Research posts datasets, publications, research, and information on initiatives on its "HUD User" Web site.

Directory Locator

To locate a HUD employee or to send a HUD employee an email, visit the "Search for HUD Employees" Web page. An automated phone locator service is also available. Phone, 202-708-1112. TDD, 202-708-1455.

Field Offices

Visit HUD's online local office directory to find contact information for its field offices.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

Many HUD documents are available online. Before submitting a written request, see the "Frequently Requested Materials" and "E–FOIA Reading Room" links on HUD's FOIA Web page. Send written requests to the Director, Executive Secretariat, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Room 10139, 451 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20410. For information on inspecting documents or records, contact the Freedom of Information Officer. Phone, 202-708-3054.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Answers to FAQs are posted online.

Good Stories

To learn about the positive things that HUD funding helps support, see the Department's online collection of good stories and feature stories.


In the aftermath of assassination that outraged communities of color and sparked protest and violence in American cities, President Lyndon B. Johnson approved Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968, commonly referred to as the Fair Housing Act. Signing "into law the promises of a century" was his description of that moment. The promises of this legislation included outlawing most housing discrimination and giving enforcement responsibility to HUD. To learn more about HUD's history of overseeing and coordinating Federal housing programs and enforcing fair housing practices, visit the "HUD History" Web page.


The Office of the Inspector General maintains the Hotline to report fraud, mismanagement, and waste. Phone, 202-708-4200 or 800-347-3735. TDD, 202-708-2451. | Email:


The library is located at HUD headquarters in Washington, DC. Visitors must schedule an appointment to use the library. It is open weekdays, except Federal holidays, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone, 202-402-2680.

Property Disposition

For single-family properties, contact the Chief Property Officer at the nearest HUD regional office or the Property Disposition Division. Phone, 202-708-0614. For multifamily properties, contact the Regional Housing Director at the nearest HUD regional office or the Property Disposition Division. Phone, 202-708-0614.

Site Map

The Web site map allows visitors to look for specific topics or to browse content that aligns with their interests.

Social Media

HUD's social media directory provides links to all of its official blogs and social media platforms on Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube.

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