Over the past few weeks, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has reached out to people who are affected by its programs and services in various ways. On Tuesday, the department launched a photo blog called Humans of HUD that showcases the stories of some of America's most vulnerable populations that the department has served to help them achieve their dream of homeownership.
The blog also makes this point through its collection of photos and stories that, according to HUD, are part of an ongoing conversation with everyday Americans who "are working to overcome homelessness, drug addiction, natural disasters, among other challenges."
“Humans of HUD exhibits the best part of our agency – the people we serve through our programs, grants, and initiatives,” Secretary Ben Carson said. “This is storytelling at its core. People have really opened up to us in a way that brings new meaning and purpose to our work at HUD.”
The series which will be featured regularly on HUD's social media channels contains personal portraits and interviews of these people.
More recently, the agency announced disaster assistance for homeowners impacted by Hurricane Michael in Florida and Secretary Benjamin Carson, visited Wilmington to take a look at the impact of Hurricane Florence in the region.
Driving home the point Carson said, “We work for the people, the people don't work for us. The best way to actually work for the people is to see what the people are doing, to hear from the people themselves.”
He was visiting the region along with Alex Acosta, Secretary of the Department of Labor, Sen. Richard Burr (NC), Sen. Thom Tillis (NC), and Congressman David Rouzer (NC-7).
HUD has also awarded $47 million in grants for housing counseling to help approximately 1 million households find housing, make more informed housing choices or keep their current home.
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