Rethinking American Communities and Rethinking the Way HUD Works
In February 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development – HUD – released its strategic plan for fiscal year 2018-2022. According to the report, the primary goals are to “Rethink American Communities” and “Reimagine the Way HUD Works.”
HUD plans to achieve its priority goals by implementing the following strategies:
- Promoting economic opportunity by supporting self-sufficiency and financial stability among households that are exiting HUD-assisted housing and expanding coordination and partnership of supportive services at the local level.
- Enhancing rental assistance by developing and implementing creative sustainable transitioning strategy of public housing units.
- Reducing the average length of homelessness so that homelessness experiences are rare, brief and non-reoccurring.
- Supporting sustainable home-ownership and financial viability.
- Removing lead-based hazards and other health risks from homes.
- Organizing and delivering services more effectively.
The report also highlights management objectives on how to reach the strategic goals.
HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
The core vision of what the Department hopes to accomplish in 2018-22 and the strategies that it will use to accomplish those objectives.
- Refocus on the agecny’s core mission and modernizing HUD’s approach
- Leverage private-sector partnerships
- Support sustainable home-ownership and encourage affordable housing investments
- Redesign internal processes
As our country and New Jersey faces a growing affordable housing crisis it is important that the strategic plan states, “Expanding access to affordable housing on a national scale is a complex challenge that can only be achieved by maximizing private investment and empowering state and local governments to help find solutions. We must also pay attention to the opinions of the people we are trying to help.”
In rethinking American communities, the strategic plan includes:
- “Enhance and reform our rental assistance programs by providing sustainable models to empower communities to address local affordable housing needs,” and
- “Prevent homelessness whenever possible and quickly help Americans who become homeless to ensure such experiences are brief and non-recurring”
The strategic plan would like to reduce the average length of homelessness in communities by an average of 3 days by the end of FY 2019.
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