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Department of Housing and Urban Development

451 Seventh Street SW., Washington, DC 20410


SECRETARYBenjamin S. Carson, Sr.

Chief of StaffAndrew Hughes
General CounselJ. Paul Compton, Jr.

Congressional and Intergovernmental RelationsLeonard Wolfson
Public AffairsCaroline Vanvick, Acting

FinancialIrving L. Dennis
InformationDavid C. Chow

Faith and Opportunity Initiative(vacancy)
Small and Disadvantaged Business UtilizationJean Lin Pao

Community Planning and Development(vacancy)
Fair Housing and Equal OpportunityAnna Maria Farías
HousingBrian D. Montgomery
Policy Development and ResearchSeth Appleton
Public and Indian HousingHunter Kurtz

Field Policy and ManagementBenjamin E. Demarzo

AdministrativeNelson Bregon
Human CapitalMonica Matthews
ProcurementRonald C. Flom

Federal HousingBrian D. Montgomery

Equal Employment OpportunityJohn P. Benison
Lead Hazard Control and Healthy HomesMatthew E. Ammon
Business Transformation(vacancy)

Government National Mortgage Association—Ginnie Mae

Government National Mortgage Association—Ginnie Mae

Independent Oversight

Independent Oversight
Inspector GeneralRae Oliver Davis

The above list of key personnel was updated 10–2019.

The above list of key personnel was updated 10–2019.

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


On September 9, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson approved Public Law 89–174, which is also cited as the Department of Housing and Urban Development Act. As part of the statute's declaration of purpose, Congress declared that "the general welfare and security of the Nation and the health and living standards of our people require . . . sound development of the Nation's communities and metropolitan areas in which the vast majority of its people live and work." To support this requirement of sound development, Congress established "an executive department to be known as the Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD]" (79 Stat. 667).

HUD's statutory duties are described in chapter 44, sections 3531–3549, of 42 U.S.C.

Regulations relating to the Office of the Secretary and to housing and urban development are found in parts 0–4199 of 24 CFR.

By the advice and with the consent of the Senate, the President appoints the Secretary of HUD. The Secretary supervises and directs the administration of the Department (79 Stat. 667).

HUD's department structure is presented like an organizational chart in its "Fiscal Year 2020 Annual Performance Plan" and "Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Performance Report" on page 11. The Plan and Report are combined into one document (March 2019).


HUD administers various programs to facilitate its 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.

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 / 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

Ginnie Mae is a Government corporation that makes housing affordable for millions of low- and moderate-income earners by channeling capital into the Nation's housing markets. The Ginnie Mae guaranty allows mortgage lenders to obtain a higher price when selling their mortgage loans in the secondary mortgage market. Lenders can then use the proceeds of these sales to fund new mortgage loans. Without that liquidity, lenders would have to keep all loans in their own portfolios and would not have adequate capital for making new loans. Ginnie Mae guarantees investors the timely payment of principal and interest on mortgage-backed securities that are backed by federally insured or federally guaranteed loans—loans insured by the Federal Housing Administration or guaranteed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Other guarantors, or issuers, of loans that are eligible as collateral for Ginnie Mae mortgage-backed securities include HUD's Office of Public and Indian Housing and the Department of Agriculture's Rural Development. Ginnie Mae securities are the only mortgage-backed securities to carry the full faith and credit guaranty of the U.S. Government.


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 / 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 website to help visitors search for specific topics or browse content that aligns with their interests.

Archived Records

HUD records are referenced in the "Guide to Federal Records in the National Archives of the United States." The Guide is accessible online, and HUD records have been assigned to Record Group 207.

Bibliographic Database

The HUD USER bibliographic database contains more than 10,000 full-abstract citations to research reports, articles, books, monographs, and data sources in housing policy, building technology, economic development, urban planning, and a host of other relevant fields.

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.

In 2018, HUD ranked 21st among 27 midsize Government agencies in the Partnership for Public Service's Best Places To Work Agency Rankings.

Contact Information

Contact information is available online.

Data / Research

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

Disaster Resilience

The Office of Economic Development oversees HUD's preparations to mitigate the effects of climate change on it's mission, operations, and programs. This includes promoting greater capacity in and more utilization of resilient approaches to community development at the local, regional, and State levels. | Email:

En Español

HUD posts information in Spanish on its website.

Some contact information is available on the "Información en Español" web page.

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, click on the "Frequently Requested Materials" and "E–FOIA Reading Room" links on HUD's FOIA web page to see if the desired information is immediately accessible, free of charge. Phone, 202-708-3054.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Answers to FAQs are posted online.


The Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) maintains a glossary on its website.


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:

Human Stories

"The Humans of HUD" web page allows visitors to meet the men and women whom HUD serves. The page contains brief narratives and short videos.


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.

Locate a HUD Employee

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.

Organizational Directory

An organization directory of HUD's headquarters is available online.

Press Room

HUD posts press releases, remarks, speeches, statements, and testimonies on its website.

Program Offices

The "Program Offices" web page provides links for easy access to program information.

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.

Regional Organization Map

HUD is organized in 10 regions, each of which a regional administrator manages. A field office director manages each field office within a region. Field office directors report to the appropriate regional administrator.


The "Resources" web page has a list of helpful links in alphabetical order.

Site Map

The website 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.


HUD's "Veteran Information" page has resources that can help veterans. For example, HUDVet promotes collaboration among Federal agencies and veteran-serving organizations. | Email:

The Sources of Information were updated 10–2019.