Economic Policy

Joint Center Meets with HUD Secretary Julián Castro

On Friday, December 9, the Joint Center – partnering with INSIGHT America – organized a breakfast with U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro.

The mission of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD works to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving the quality of life; and build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination. Since 2015, HUD has been working on ConnectHome  a new initiative with communities, the private sector, and the federal government to expand high-speed broadband to more families in HUD-assisted housing across the country.

Meeting Participants Included:

U.S. Conference of Mayors Vice Chair William A. Bell, Sr.
U.S. Conference of Mayors City Birmingham Advisor Ralph Cook Gerard Fox Law Associate Lauren Greene
Jack Kemp Foundation President Jimmy Kemp Urban Institute Housing Finance Policy Center Co-Director Alanna McCargoAsian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies President & CEO Floyd Mori
National Action Network Policy and Programs Advisor, DC Bureau Magalie Normil
Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies President Spencer Overton
Corporation for Enterprise Development Affordable Homeownership Director Doug Ryan
INSIGHT America Founder Elroy Sailor
Comcast Senior Director of Government and External Affairs Tony Williams

About Joint Center

The Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, America’s Black think tank, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 1970 and based in Washington, DC. The Joint Center's mission is to inform and illuminate the nation's major public policy debates through research, analysis, and information dissemination in order to improve the socioeconomic status of Black communities in the United States; expand their effective participation in the political and public policy arenas; and promote communication and relationships across racial and ethnic lines to strengthen the nation's pluralistic society.