HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge travels to Houston for a major housing announcement

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge traveled to Houston Monday and chose Bayou City for an important announcement impacting homelessness but also affordable housing.

Fudge announced that $45 million will be dedicated to tackling Houston’s homelessness.

In the audience at her town hall meeting at Cuney Homes in Houston’s Third Circuit was Vernoica DeBoest, a longtime public housing resident. DeBoest told ABC13 she’s seen so many come and go, so few of whom could afford homes of their own.

“People have been in here their whole lives,” she said. “People have died here just wishing they could have a home.”

She was confident that today’s attention from the federal government will lead to more aid — not just to keep roofs over their heads, but roofs to call their own.

Acknowledging the skyrocketing housing costs, Minister Fudge says the current government is working to enrich the supply with a commitment to help build 100,000 affordable homes over the next two years.

“We know we need to build more homes to bring prices down. There is no other answer to that,” Minister Fudge said. “The only thing we can do is use the money from the rescue plan and others to build more homes. It’s just supply and demand. Because we don’t have enough supply, the demand is so high, the prices keep going up. So in order to relieve the market, we have to bring new affordable housing onto the market.”

During her visit to Houston, the secretary traveled with congressmen to the U.S. Vet complex, which houses homeless veterans, TSU, a West Houston facility for seniors, and Cuney Homes — various places that could benefit in an economy that appears to be growing Same goal work towards it harder every day. For some there is no roof at all. According to the Coalition for the Homeless, at one point in 2021, more than 3,000 people were homeless, one in seven of them due to the pandemic. Nevertheless, the city and district are slowly but surely making progress.

“With the collaboration of nonprofits and the city and county, we’re getting there,” said Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

The goal is twofold; Preventing or, where possible, mitigating homelessness while helping people find durable, affordable housing.

“We want to turn things around a bit, not just address homelessness, but give that opportunity to people who can afford to buy a home,” Fudge said.

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