Senate Approves Castro as HUD Secretary

Booker and Menendez Vote in Favor

Julian CastroOn a 72-16 vote, the U.S. Senate approved Julian Castro to replace Shaun Donovan at Housing at Urban Development (HUD). Donovan will be moving on to serve as President Obama’s as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Both Senators Booker and Menendez voted in favor. Click here to view how all Senators voted.

Castro becomes one of the highest-ranking Latino officials in the Obama administration. He had previously turned down a cabinet position to stay in San Antonia and run for re-election to his third term as Mayor of San Antonio.

As background on Mayor Castro’s work to end homelessness in San Antonio, in the summer of 2003, he was part of a task force addressing hunger and homelessness in the city. The task force was charged with developing a short and long-term strategy for addressing issues relative to hunger and homelessness and developed the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness. The plan’s vision is that all persons facing chronic homelessness in San Antonio will have access to safe, decent and affordable housing with the supports needed to sustain it.

The San Antonio Homeless Services Division implements the city’s Ten Year plan and operations Haven for Hope, a “one-stop center” helps homeless households achieve self sufficiency. The agency also administered the city’s Housing Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program (HPRP.)

This year’s point in time count of the homeless in San Antonio found fewer people living outdoors in Bexar County — on the streets or at the courtyard at Haven for Hope — and more people living inside, in shelters or other temporary housing. Freezing temperatures on the night of the count could have played a role, organizers said.

And a 2013 SA2020 “report card” found that the number of unsheltered homeless individuals in San Antonio dropped from 1,634 in 2010 to 817 in 2012 – a 505 reduction.

Click here for an update on the progress being made to end homelessness in San Antonio.