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.