|HUD No. 21-012
HUD Public Affairs
January 26, 2021
ACTING HUD SECRETARY STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT BIDENâ€™S EXECUTIVE ORDER REDRESSING DISCRIMINATORY HOUSING PRACTICES AND POLICIES
Acting U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Matthew E. Ammon today released the following statement on President Bidenâ€™s executive order redressing our nation's and the federal government's history of discriminatory housing practices and policies:
â€śPresident Bidenâ€™s executive order is a vital step toward redressing the federal governmentâ€™s legacy of housing discrimination and securing equal access to housing opportunity for all.
â€śRacially discriminatory housing practices and policies have kept communities of color from accessing safe, high-quality housing and the chance to build wealth that comes through homeownership. To this day, people of color disproportionately bear the burdens of homelessness, pollution, climate-related housing instability, and economic inequality because of deliberate and systemic efforts to deny them fair and equal access to housing opportunity.
â€śOnly by recognizing and acknowledging our nation's history of housing discrimination can we begin to lift the barriers to safe, accessible, and affordable housing. With this executive order, President Biden is taking meaningful action to advance racial equity in housing and expand opportunity for all. HUD looks forward to working closely with the President and his administration to expand equitable access to housing for millions of Americans.â€ť