Castro Assures Will Work to
Guarantee Continued Assistance
On June 17, 2014, the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs held a confirmation hearing regarding the nominations of San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro for the position of HUD Secretary.
As background, Mayor Castro was nominated in anticipation of current HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan’s confirmation as Director of Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
During the hearing, Senator Robert Menendez noted that if confirmed, Mayor Castro would be tasked with administering and overseeing $15 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery dollars for areas impacted by Super Storm Sandy.
The Senator invited Mayor Castro to tour areas of New Jersey impacted by Super Storm Sandy to “see the work that’s been done, but more importantly see the work that has not been done.”
Mayor Castro assured the Senator that if confirmed, he would make sure that HUD works with the State of New Jersey to implement procedures directing remaining federal housing dollars to people affected by the storm in as effective a manner as possible.
Click here for video of Senator Menendez’s question to Mayor Castro.
Click here for more on the hearing from the National Low Income Housing Coalition.