Advice for Castro: Homeless Must Be Priority #1

San Antonio Mayor Begins
Nomination Hearing Process

Advice for Castro: Homeless Must Be Priority #1On June 17, 2014, NPR’s Morning Edition featured a story about San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro who has been nominated by President Obama to succeed Shaun Donovan as Secretary of the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD.)

Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, who serves as a mentor to Castro, told NPR:

On many of the things that are most important to HUD, and therefore to a HUD secretary, San Antonio has excelled. So one of the most important obligations of the HUD secretary is to focus on homelessness. Those Americans who are completely un-housed have to be one of our highest priorities.

Castro is praised for his leadership around the economic development of San Antonio and his efforts in redeveloping the “urban core” of the city. One of his priorities was to create 2,500 new units of affordable housing by 2020 and to date, more than one third of those new homes are completed or in the pipeline.

Castro’s first hearing was held on June 17, 2014.

Click here to listen to the full story.