HUD removes promises of inclusive, discrimination-free communities from mission statement: report


The Department of Housing and Urban Development is removing language from its mission statement that promises to create “inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination,” HuffPost reported Tuesday.

The new mission statement was sent out to HUD political staffers in a March 5 memo by Amy Thompson, the department’s assistant secretary for public affairs. A HUD employee shared the memo with HuffPost.

Thompson wrote that the statement was being changed “in an effort to align HUD’s mission with the Secretary’s priorities and that of the Administration.”

She added that it was changed with help from HUD Secretary Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonHUD watchdog looking into involvement of Carson’s family at agency Ethics watchdog calls for probe of Carson family role at federal agency Thanks to Trump and Pence, America’s relationship with Israel is stronger than ever MORE and his deputy at the department.

“HUD’s mission is to ensure Americans have access to fair, affordable housing and opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency, thereby strengthening our communities and nation,” the new statement now reads.

Thompson asked staffers to send any “comments or suggestions” on the new language. It’s unclear if this is the final version of a new mission statement.

“An organization’s mission is never static,” Thompson wrote in the memo. “A mission statement describes an organization’s purpose, what it intends to do, and whom it intends to serve. Most importantly, an organization’s activities must be embodied in its mission.”

A HUD spokesman did not immediately return The Hill’s request for comment.

The old mission statement remains on HUD’s website as of Wednesday morning.

“HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination, and transform the way HUD does business,” it reads.