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Habitat for Humanity welcomes nomination of Julian Castro as HUD secretary and congratulates outgoing secretary Shaun Donovan

ATLANTA (May 23, 2014) – Habitat for Humanity International congratulates Julian Castro on his nomination as secretary of Housing and Urban Development and congratulates Shaun Donovan for furthering the cause of affordable housing during his tenure.

“HUD plays a key role in ensuring the availability of safe, decent and affordable housing in the U.S. and supporting the position of the United States that shelter should be a priority around the world,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We are pleased to learn of the nomination of Julian Castro and look forward to working with him to ensure that more people have the opportunity to live in a safe and healthy environment.

“We applaud former Secretary Donovan for his contributions in promoting shelter as a global priority and his support of affordable housing in the United States. We will continue to work with him in his new capacity at the Office of Management and Budget.”

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer visit