HUD Sec. Fudge meets with civil rights leaders to handle pandemic housing challenges

EXCLUSIVE: Fudge, the country’s 18th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, is splitting the billions of dollars earmarked for needy black and brown Americans

secretary Marcia Fudge met with civil rights representatives for a one-hour virtual meeting on Thursday, her first meeting since her confirmation as the country’s 18th Minister for Housing and Urban Development.

Fudge only spoke with theGrio share the initiatives and priorities that surfaced during the meeting. The secretary wanted to say thank you [the civil rights leaders] for all the support they gave me during the process. “Fudge added,” I wanted to hear what you were thinking. “

Secretary of State for Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge speaks during the daily press conference at the White House on March 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

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Main themes raised during the call included fair and affordable housing, improving access to capital for blacks and browns, and ensuring that adequate resources are available for those at risk of extinction due to the pandemic.

Addressing COVID-19 and Using Funds from the American rescue plan linked Fudge’s plans to solve the problems in the real estate market.

Secretary Fudge said up to $ 40 billion is for residential use only, $ 20 billion for aid, another $ 10 billion for helping homeowners, and another $ 10 billion for $ 5 billion tranches that dealing with homelessness, intended for HUD via ARP.

Regarding fair living, she said, “It is incredible that we are still in this time [having] The same percentage of home ownership as 1968. And if we don’t change the way we allow people to buy houses, we’re not doing it fair. Then it gets worse, it doesn’t get better, it gets worse, unless we are very intentional in it. “

National Urban League President Marc Morial, Rev. Al Sharpton and others were the focus of the meeting.

Rev. Al Sharpton speaks alongside Marc Haydel Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League.  (Photo by Kena Betancur / Getty Images)

Rev. Al Sharpton speaks alongside Marc Haydel Morial, President and CEO of the National Urban League. (Photo by Kena Betancur / Getty Images)

Evacuation resources are paramount to Morial. He said before Fudge was named HUD secretary, civil rights activists were pushing for the resources in the aid laws.

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The guides and fudge are in line to help those who fall through the cracks. Morial said there were assurances and “the tools were there to help tenants and homeowners.”

Fudge is ready to be part of a larger plan in the Biden administration. Morial believes Secretary Fudge “will play a big role in the upcoming infrastructure and economic development bill that the president is talking about.”

This plan is ultimately intended to revive the ailing economy with jobs. During our exclusive interview, Fudge said the country did not have enough affordable housing units. She also said affordable housing is a priority for the president Joe Biden. The question now arises as to whether this is one of the components of the President’s infrastructure plan.

Overall, Morial described the late Friday virtual meeting with the civil rights leaders and the secretary as “excellent” in terms of achieving “justice” and “justice” and welcomed the issues raised as key points for this new Department of Housing.

Morial said Fudge gave him “the confidence that there is someone [who] is experienced, experienced and knowledgeable in this place. “

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