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Jackson To Step Down As HUD Secretary

March 31, 2008

WASHINGTON – U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson announced today he will be stepping down as the nation’s chief housing officer. Jackson will conclude his government service as the nation’s 13th HUD Secretary on April 18, 2008.

“During my time here, I have sought to make America a better place to live, work and raise a family,” said Jackson, who served as Deputy Secretary and then Secretary. “I take great pride in working alongside some of the most dedicated civil servants in America. The hardworking people at HUD make a difference in the lives of thousands of Americans daily.”

With a strong background and expertise in housing and community development, Jackson oversaw HUD’s $37 billion budget and 9,200 employees. Under the Secretary’s leadership, the Department established groundbreaking solutions to:

  • Help families keep their homes and revitalize the Federal Housing Administration;
  • Transform public housing;
  • Increase and preserve affordable housing;
  • Help rebuild the battered Gulf Coast following the 2005 hurricanes;
  • Increase minority homeownership; and
  • Reduce chronic homelessness.

Secretary Jackson first joined the Bush Administration in June of 2001 as HUD's Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer. He was unanimously confirmed as the nation's 13th Secretary of HUD by the Senate on March 31, 2004. He is the only HUD Secretary to run a public housing agency and serve as chairman of a redevelopment authority.

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