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U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge Announces Retirement 


Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia Fudge, a prominent advocate for affordable housing and racial equity, has announced her retirement from the Biden-Harris administration. Fudge, the second Black woman to lead HUD, will step down on March 22 and return to her home state of Ohio.

Throughout her tenure, Fudge has been instrumental in addressing housing crises exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and advocating for the inclusion of the National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA) in federal advertising spending. Her departure comes amidst the intensifying campaign season, with President Joe Biden facing off against former President Donald Trump.

Despite her efforts to enhance HUD’s role in supporting families with housing needs and addressing homelessness, Fudge has expressed concerns about inadequate funding. She highlighted the need for over $70 billion to address the demand for affordable housing and repair aging public housing developments.

President Biden praised Fudge’s leadership and dedication to rebuilding HUD, emphasizing her efforts to combat racial discrimination in housing and increase access to affordable housing. Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Steven Horsford and other Caucus members commended Fudge’s decades of service and her focus on racial equity in housing initiatives.

Fudge expressed her intention to retire from politics and transition to private life, emphasizing that she does not plan to seek another public office or appointment. She looks forward to continuing her advocacy efforts as a private citizen.


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