The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), established in 1965, seeks to “create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.” But how does HUD help families secure quality housing, work to end homelessness, root out discrimination, address climate change and natural disasters, and initiate many other community development initiatives? In the Architectural League of New York's inaugural Housing Brass Tacks discussion, Holly Leicht will explain:
What are the main programs funded through HUD’s $49 billion budget?
Who does HUD serve?
How is housing policy born at the federal level implemented at the local level?
Ample time for discussion will follow Holly’s presentation. You bring the questions, we’ll supply the experts and the wine.
Holly Leicht served in the Obama Administration as the Regional Administrator for HUD in Region II, presiding over the agency’s activities in New York and New Jersey. Leicht administered $6 billion in affordable housing and other urban development programs, as well as the Superstorm Sandy recovery funds and implementation of the region’s winning Rebuild by Design and National Disaster Resilience Competition projects. Prior to her appointment at HUD, Leicht was the Executive Director of New Yorkers for Parks and she previously held positions at the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development, the Lower Manhattan Development Corp, and the Municipal Art Society. She grew up in St. Louis and graduated from Yale College and Northwestern University School of Law.
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