Mayor Hodges, Metropolitan Council Chair Duininck Host U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Castro

Discussion with Regional Leaders Will Help to Expand Housing Opportunities and Invest in Communities


March 4, 2016 (MINNEAPOLIS) — Today, Mayor Betsy Hodges, along with Metropolitan Council Chair Adam Duininck, hosted U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro and regional leaders for a discussion about moving regional policy around housing mobility and desegregation. The event at the A-Mill Artist Lofts in Minneapolis was the latest stop on HUD’s Prosperity Playbook Community Tour, which kicked off in February in Kansas City.


According to HUD, the “Prosperity Playbook” will be a compilation of resources written for and by state and local decision makers. This toolkit will inform community planning and help local leaders think regionally about how to expand affordable housing opportunity and forge greater economic mobility in communities across the nation.


“We have much to be proud of as a region, but a great deal of work to do,” said Mayor Hodges. “People of color are disproportionately represented in areas of poverty where access to opportunity is limited. We are investing both in rebuilding and in mobility to create more mixed-income neighborhoods in the Twin Cities.”


"We know that where folks live shapes how they live. Today’s conversation is an important step toward building more inclusive communities in Minneapolis and across the nation,”  said HUD Secretary Julián Castro. “Thanks to the great leadership from across the region we are collecting a wide range of ideas to create a blueprint for local leaders to boost opportunity in their neighborhoods and ensure no child is limited by their zip code.”


Mayor Hodges, Secretary Castro and Chair Duininck headed the agenda by leading a roundtable discussion about the best ways to increase access to opportunity in the Twin Cities. That was followed by HUD Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Harriet Tregoning leading a discussion on HUD’s Prosperity Playbook initiative and how the Twin Cities region can best participate. The event concluded with Bryan Greene, HUD General Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity leading a discussion on promoting access to opportunity through the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule and about how to work as a region to implement AFFH.




Published Mar 4, 2016



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