U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
What it is:
The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a federal agency dedicated to strengthening and supporting the housing .
How it works (Example):
HUD is a cabinet-level agency. Formed in 1937, HUD's responsibilities are primarily:
- To protect housing consumers
- To encourage production of affordable rental housing
- To prevent and punish discrimination in housing
The Fair Housing Act of 1968 gives the department most of its authorities to punish discrimination in housing. The act also established the Government NationalAssociation (GNMA) to increase the availability of mortgages.
Why it Matters:
Homeownership and decent housing are important in an economy. Beyond just physical structures, homes encourage employment, build communities, stabilize public safety, strengthen infrastructure and promote education.