U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

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Paul Tracy
Updated November 11, 2020

What is the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)?

The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is a federal agency dedicated to strengthening and supporting the housing market.

How Does the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Work?

HUD is a cabinet-level agency. Formed in 1937, HUD's responsibilities are primarily:

  • To protect housing consumers
  • To encourage production of affordable rental housing
  • To prevent and punish discrimination in housing

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 gives the department most of its authorities to punish discrimination in housing. The act also established the Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA) to increase the availability of mortgages.

Why Does the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Matter?

Homeownership and decent housing are important in an economy. Beyond just physical structures, homes encourage employment, build communities, stabilize public safety, strengthen infrastructure and promote education.

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