The United States has a new Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Former San Antonio TX Mayor Julián Castro was sworn in as the leader of the 10,000+ employee Department on Monday.
Secretary Castro will oversee an almost $50 Billion annual budget and federal efforts to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all.
Castro takes over from former HUD secretary Shaun Donovan, who resigned to become the Director of the US Office of Management and Budget (OMB).
President Barack Obama nominated both men for their current posts this past May.
During the swearing-in ceremony at HUD headquarters, President Obama called Secretary Castro an “all-star” and expressed his confidence in his ability to lead the agency through the remaining years of this administration. Secretary Castro was confirmed by a bi-partisan majority in Congress.
“CSH is excited to partner with Secretary Castro who brings his experience of housing the most vulnerable in San Antonio to his new position at HUD", said CSH President, Deb De Santis. “We look forward to working with him to continue the progress we’ve made reducing chronic homelessness through the expansion of quality supportive housing.”