|HUD No. 21-094
HUD Public Affairs
May 26, 2021
Secretary Fudge Visits Kansas City, MO to Highlight the American Jobs Plan and Housing as Infrastructure
WASHINGTON - U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge today toured Kansas City, Missouri to highlight how President Biden’s American Jobs Plan will address the affordable housing crisis and revitalize our nation’s housing infrastructure. Secretary Fudge was joined on the visit by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05) and Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas.
“Our homes can serve as a bridge to greater opportunities and a better life,” said Secretary Fudge. “The American Job Plan is a historic, once-in-a-generation investment in our nation’s infrastructure-including our housing infrastructure. If we want the United States to remain the greatest nation in the world, then we must first take care of home-in the most literal sense. To pass an infrastructure plan that fails to expand affordable housing and to revitalize our communities would be akin to building a road that leads to nowhere.”
During the visit, Secretary Fudge toured 18th and Vine Jazz District, where she delivered remarks about the importance of housing as infrastructure. She also visited the Mattie Rhodes Center, a community development organization working on the development of affordable, sustainable local housing. There, she participated in a roundtable on job creation through housing construction.
Ahead of Secretary Fudge’s visit, HUD released a fact sheet on how the American Rescue Plan provides HUD resources to strengthen communities, expand access to affordable housing, and create jobs. The White House released a fact sheet on how the American Jobs Plan will produce, preserve, and retrofit more than 2 million affordable housing units and create good-paying jobs.