Mayor's Office

Press Release

Mayor Parker Announces New Partnership with HUD

 

 

November 29, 2011 -- Houston Mayor Annise Parker and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Assistant Secretary Mercedes Márquez announced a collaborative partnership to enhance the City’s housing and community development activities.  This joint technical assistance and capacity-building engagement combines knowledge and resources to maximize the use of federal funds to revitalize neighborhoods, help the homeless, and produce more affordable housing.

 

“We are honored that HUD not only recognizes the great progress the Department has made, but is also eager to assist the Department in achieving its ultimate goal of becoming one of the nation’s leading housing departments,” said Mayor Parker.  “This vital partnership is unprecedented for the City and represents a new positive working relationship with HUD. We are both on the same team working together for Houston’s communities and families.”

 

Upon taking office in early 2010, Mayor Parker concentrated on repairing the City’s previously strained relationship with HUD and appointed new leadership at the City’s Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD) to transform the Department. 

 

Under the engagement, the City and HUD will work with local and national non-profits to build the management systems and capacity necessary to successfully carry out comprehensive and sustainable development and revitalization strategies that target an area’s specific needs.  The City and HUD will work on a variety of capacity enhancement activities, such as:

 

  • Establishing a first-of-its-kind equity fund in Houston to leverage private investment in community development efforts;
  • Developing an extensive community development funding strategy, including the development of a market-based “revitalization plan” that will prioritize targeted areas for reinvestment; and
  • Designing a thorough organizational plan to enhance operations and strategically integrate the City’s community development programs together.    

 

Besides streamlining and furthering the City’s community development endeavors, the partnership gives the City the tools it needs to tell “its story” of accomplishments by not only measuring the amount of assistance provided, but the impact such assistance has on local communities.

 

“These difficult times for our cities require all of us to work smarter and more efficiently to address the critical needs of our citizens,” said Assistant Secretary Márquez.  “HUD is breaking down silos to offer more training and technical assistance.  In the end, we’re working harder to help communities work better.” 

 

The engagement is part of the One CPD initiative of HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development.  HUD and Enterprise Community Partners will work with HCDD on providing technical assistance and capacity-building that meets the specific needs of the City.