The Department of Housing and Urban Development posted a welcome video from new Secretary Marcia Fudge, who was sworn in Wednesday after being confirmed by the Senate earlier in the day.
Here is her video:
And here are the remarks:
A good home shapes nearly every part of our lives. It’s where we start and end each day. It’s where we raise our families and come together in times of joy. It’s where we find shelter and comfort during times of hardship.
The past year has reminded us just how important it is to have a safe and stable place to call home. But, right now-for millions of Americans-that sense of security and peace of mind is out of reach.
Our country has an immense responsibility-and profound opportunity-to address the housing crisis facing so many people.
To provide relief for those struggling to pay their rent or mortgage as a result of the pandemic.
To ensure every American experiencing homelessness has a roof over their head.
To revitalize our communities-and help more Americans achieve their dream of homeownership.
To break down the barriers of injustice that still limit the futures of far too many young people.
Every community faces unique challenges that require its own unique solutions.
We all want and deserve the same basic things: a safe place to live and an opportunity to succeed with dignity, with grace, and with hope.
I’m Marcia Fudge-and I’m honored to serve as the 18th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.
I am proud to join a group of public servants who work with compassion and determination to change the lives of those in need. And I can’t wait to get started.