NAHRO's Statement on the Selection of Shaun Donovan as HUD Secretary


WASHINGTON, DC, December 15--

The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) released the following statement upon the nomination of Shaun Donovan as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development:

NAHRO applauds the nomination of Shaun Donovan to be the Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. At this time of economic turmoil, with Americans losing homes to foreclosures and lengthy waiting lists for assisted housing, we believe Mr. Donovan will be an asset at HUD. Among the challenges Mr. Donovan will face during his tenure are a long-term disinvestment in public housing, the need to increase the production of new rental housing, and the toll of years of diminishing CDBG funding. His experience as New York City's Commissioner of Housing Preservation and Development, his work with the Millennial Housing Commission, and his past experience at HUD show that he is equipped and engaged to take on such an important position at such a challenging time.

Mr. Donovan recently spoke on behalf of the Obama campaign at NAHRO's National Conference in October, and provided insight on the positions and interests of the incoming administration. "Mr. Donovan is an outstanding choice to lead HUD," said NAHRO Executive Director Saul N. Ramirez, Jr., who has also been serving on the transition team at HUD. "His abilities and experience will allow him to bring about responsible change in a difficult time."

"I am confident that Mr. Donovan can put housing back on the forefront of the nation's agenda," NAHRO President Renée Rooker said. "We look forward to working with him to continue our joint mission of providing safe, decent, affordable housing and quality communities for all Americans."

NAHRO is a membership organization of 22,000 housing and community development agencies and professionals throughout the United States whose mission is to create affordable housing and safe, viable communities that enhance the quality of life for all Americans, especially those of low- and moderate-income.