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Habitat for Humanity congratulates Julian Castro on confirmation as HUD secretary

ATLANTA (July 9, 2014) – The Senate today confirmed Julian Castro as the new secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Habitat for Humanity International looks forward to working with Secretary Castro to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of HUD programs in order to ensure that taxpayer investments in affordable homeownership have the greatest impact possible in improving access to housing in order to break the cycle of poverty.

“We believe housing is foundational, and we are pleased to continue our collaborative efforts with HUD to help more families by maintaining federal support for homeownership, building healthy communities across America and promoting housing as a global priority,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International.

As a global nonprofit housing organization, Habitat for Humanity works with numerous HUD programs and has a strong track record of leveraging federal grants to attract private investment in local, affordable homeownership opportunities, such as the Self-Help Homeownership Opportunity Program, one of the last remaining federal resources supporting low-income homeownership.

“With many local markets still struggling to recover from the housing crisis, limiting regulatory costs and improving program efficiency have never been more important,” said Christopher Ptomey, director of federal relations. “With nearly 40 years of firsthand experience in creating successful low-income homeowners, Habitat’s U.S. affiliates are eager to serve as a resource to the secretary, sharing their perspectives on how HUD can better partner with grantees to maximize the impact of SHOP, the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, the Community Development Block Grant program and other critical federal housing resources.”