Boston — The National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT) is "excited and enthusiastic" about the nomination of Sean Donovan for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), says Jim Brown, NAHT Board president and a HUD tenant leaders in Washington DC.
Sean Donovan is by far the best choice for HUD Secretary from the point of view of the families in HUD housing," commented Brown. "We look forward to reestablishing a dialogue with HUD so that tenants can again become partners in overseeing the nation`s investment in low income housing." In the late 1990`s, NAHT board and staff met on a regular basis with Mr. Donovan in his role as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing, saving and improving tens of thousands of at-risk apartments and forging creative, protenant policies.
Sean Donovan has the best sensibility to help people save their homes, in all types of housing," added NAHT Vice President Charlotte Rodgers of Medgar Evars Apartments in Brooklyn. "He helped save Medgar Evars Apartments with tenant ownership in his previous time at HUD. His appointment means that tenants and homeowners will be empowered to work with HUD to solve the nation`s housing crisis." The US has lost more than 400,000 HUD apartments to market conversions, voucherization or demolition since the late 1990`s, and more than 1.3 million families remain at risk today due to budget uncertainties and owners` options to end HUD contracts.
Added NAHT Executive Director Michael Kane: "This appointment will help realize President Obama`s vision of bottom-up change. An excellent choice by the Community Organizer in Chief!"