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Department of Housing & Urban Development LogoDepartment of Housing & Urban Development: Mission: 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.

Program Offices: Faith & Opportunity Initiative Office  ♦ Ginnie MaeOffice of Community Planning & DevelopmentOffice of Economic Development ♦ Office of Fair Housing & Equal OpportunityOffice of Field Policy & ManagementOffice of Hearings & Appeals ♦ Office of Lead Hazard Control & Healthy HomesOffice of HousingOffice of Policy Development & ResearchOffice of Public AffairsOffice of Public & Indian HousingOffice of Small / Disadvantaged Business Utilization

Housing: Avoiding ForeclosureBuying a HomeHome ImprovementsHomes for SaleHUD HomesSenior CitizensHomelessnessVeterans

Fairness: Fair LendingHousing Discrimination Disabled Persons

Rental Assistance: Housing Choice Voucher Program (Section 8)Search for an Apartment Contact a Housing Counseling Agency

Sustainability: Economic DevelopmentEnergyEnvironment

Research: Coronavirus ResourcesFreedom of Information Act (FOIA) Housing Research & Data Sets

Working with HUD: Grants HUD Jobs Contracting Opportunities with HUD


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Faith & Opportunity Initiative Office: Provides recommendations on the Administration’s policy agenda affecting faith-based and community programs; provides recommendations on programs and policies where faith-based and community organizations may partner and/or deliver more effective solutions to poverty; apprises the Administration of any failures of the executive branch to comply with religious liberty protections under law; and reduces the burdens on the exercise of free religion.


Ginnie Mae LogoGinnie Mae: Helps make affordable housing a reality for millions of low- and moderate-income households across America by channeling global capital into the nation's housing markets. Specifically, the Ginnie Mae guaranty allows mortgage lenders to obtain a better price for their mortgage loans in the secondary mortgage market. The lenders can then use the proceeds to fund new mortgage loans available. Without that liquidity, lenders would be forced to keep all loans in their own portfolio, meaning they would not have adequate capital to make new loans. 


Office of Community Planning & Development: CPD seeks to develop viable communities by promoting integrated approaches that provide decent housing, a suitable living environment, and expand economic opportunities for low and moderate income persons. The primary means towards this end is the development of partnerships among all levels of government and the private sector, including for-profit and non-profit organizations.

CPD Programs: Affordable HousingCommunity Compass & Capacity Building Community Development Community Renewal Congressional Grants: Economic Development Initiative Disaster Recovery HIV/AIDS Housing Homelessness Assistance Rural Housing & Economic Development Section 4 & Rural Capacity Building Veteran Homelessness

CPD Resources: Staff (HQ & Field Offices) Appropriations Budget/Allocations Consolidated Planning Monitoring Handbook Environment & Energy Real Estate Acquisition & Relocation Systems Archives HUD Exchange


Office of Economic Development: OED supports HUD-wide efforts to help communities and regions make more cost-effective and coordinated investments that save taxpayer dollars, create jobs, and foster stronger local economies. We employ innovative approaches that help communities make more effective and strategic investments; support stronger and more diverse economies; expand investment in high-performing buildings and infrastructure; promote improved access to housing, jobs, and educational opportunities; and thrive in the face of future risks.

Infrastructure & Community Planning: National Disaster Resilience CompetitionCommunity Resilience Portal High Performance Infrastructure Interagency Initiatives Other Place-Based Initiatives

High Performance Buildings: About Multifamily Better Buildings Challenge Renew300 - Federal Renewable Energy Target Energy Efficient Codes & Standards Utilities, Benchmarking & Data Access

SCI Resource Library: The Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) resource library includes tools, reports, fact sheets, and case studies developed by SCI grantees, HUD, and its Capacity Building partners.



Office of Fair Housing & Equal Opportunity: The mission of FHEO is to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities by leading the nation in the enforcement, administration, development, and public understanding of federal fair housing policies and laws.

Some of FHEO’s activities include:

  • Investigating fair housing complaints
  • Conducting compliance reviews
  • Ensuring civil rights in HUD programs
  • Managing fair housing grants

File a Complaint: Complaint ProcessGet Help Before Filing a Complaint Complaint Filing in Languages Other Than English

Rights & Responsibilities: Fair Housing Act Nondiscrimination in HUD Programs Affirmatively Furthering Fair HousingAdvertising & Marketing Disability Sexual Harassment Fair Lending Families with Children LGBTQ Limited English Proficiency

Resources: Laws Enforced by FHEO Notices & Other Documents Enforcement Activity Language Resources

FHEO Programs & Initiatives: Section 3 Economic Opportunities Fair Housing Assistance Program Fair Housing Initiatives Program Fair Housing Accessibility First National Fair Housing Training Academy Limited English Proficiency Initiative


Office of Field Policy & Management: FPM regional and field offices communicate the priorities and policies of the Secretary and develop community relationships that ensure the success of the Secretary's initiatives and special projects. FPM addresses program delivery issues and determines program impacts. The Office is instrumental in providing operational feedback that influences program design and Departmental policy making.

Tools: HUD's RegionsHUD Resource LocatorHUD ExchangeMAX.govDisaster Recovery Resources

Community Partnerships: Choice NeighborhoodsEnVision CentersOpportunity ZonesPromise Zones

Office of Davis-Bacon & Labor Standards: DBLS is responsible for HUD's overall compliance with the Federal prevailing wage requirements applicable to HUD-assisted and insured housing and community development programs covered under the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts. Davis-Bacon and Labor Standards also administers Federal prevailing wage requirements applicable to maintenance employees of public housing agencies and Tribally Designated Housing Entities.


Office of Hearings & Appeals: OHA is an independent judicial office within the Office of the Secretary. The OHA is headed by the Chief Administrative Law Judge who supervises the judges and the professional and administrative support staffs. OHA Judges function as independent and impartial triers of fact responsible for presiding over adversarial hearings, and adjudicating appeals, based upon alleged violations of federal statutes or their implementing regulations. Hearing procedures are established by agency regulations and are guided by the rules applicable to trials in a U.S. district court. In each case, the judge makes an impartial decision based upon the law, and the facts established by the evidence.


Office of Lead Hazard Control & Healthy Homes: OLHCHH provides funds to state and local governments to develop cost-effective ways to reduce lead-based paint hazards. In addition, the office enforces HUD's lead-based paint regulations, provides public outreach and technical assistance, and conducts technical studies to help protect children and their families from health and safety hazards in the home.

Divisions: Programs DivisionPrograms & Regulatory Support Division Grant Services Division Policy & Standards Division Post-Disaster Healthy Housing Resources

Quick Links: What Is a Healthy Home? Healthy Home Rating System New Grantee Start-Up Resources Healthy Homes Outreach & Publications Healthy Homes Training Healthy Homes Training Partnership


Office of Housing: Plays a vital role for the nation's homebuyers, homeowners, renters, and communities through its nationally administered programs. It includes the Federal Housing Administration (FHA), the largest mortgage insurer in the world. The Office of Housing is the largest office within HUD, and has the following key responsibilities:

  • Operating FHA, providing over $1.3 trillion in mortgage insurance on mortgages for Single Family homes, Multifamily properties, and Healthcare facilities;
  • Operating HUD's Manufactured Housing program, which administers federal standards for the design and construction of manufactured homes across the country.
  • Managing HUD's Project-Based Rental Assistance and other rental assistance programs, which provide support for low and very low income households;
  • Supporting (Section 202) Housing for the Elderly and (Section 811) Housing for Persons with Disabilities programs, which provide affordable housing for some of the nation's most vulnerable populations;
  • Encouraging recapitalization of the nation's aging affordable housing stock through programs such as the Rental Assistance Demonstration;
  • Facilitating housing counseling assistance through HUD's Office of Housing Counseling.

For Consumers: Buy a HomeAvoid Foreclosure Get Disaster-Related Mortgage Assistance Information Find an FHA-Approved Lender Find FHA Loan Limits in My Area

Program Offices: Office of Single Family HousingOffice of Multifamily Housing Office of Healthcare Programs Office of House Counseling Office of Manufactured Housing Office of Risk Management & Regulatory Affairs Office of Finance & Budget

Single Family: Mortgage ProgramsEvents & Training Buying a Home HUD Homes Owning a Home Housing Counseling Contact FHA

Healthcare Programs: Office of Hospital Facilities Office of Residential Care Facilities

Multifamily: About Multifamily BusinessGrants Multifamily Accelerated Processing Multifamily Data Preservation Program Information Renting Section 8 Renewal Policy Section 8 Contract Administration

Housing Counseling: Help for HomeownersHelp for Renters Help for Homebuyers Help for Homeless Counseling Professionals Find a Counseling Agency


Office of Policy Development & Research: PD&R supports HUD's efforts to help create cohesive, economically healthy communities. PD&R is responsible for maintaining current information on housing needs, market conditions, and existing programs, as well as conducting research on priority housing and community development issues. The Office provides reliable and objective data and analysis to help inform policy decisions. PD&R is committed to involving a greater diversity of perspectives, methods, and researchers in HUD research.

Case Studies: Find examples of successful housing and community development efforts from a practical, “how-to” perspective.

Initiatives: Aging Research and ResourcesAssessment of Native American Housing Needs Sustainable Construction in Indian Country The Regulatory Barriers Clearinghouse (RBC) Public Health Research & Resources

Ongoing Research: Mission is to provide reliable and objective housing research and market data to our constituents, as well as skilled analysis that assists HUD's leadership in making informed policy decisions.

PD& R Studies: Short- and long-term reports produced as part of HUD sponsored studies and program evaluations.

Periodicals: Cityscape ♦ Evidence Matters Insights PD&R Edge

Reports: Complete ListHistorical ReportsInterim ReportsMultidisciplinary ResearchResearch CadreWorking Papers

HUD User Datasets: HUD provides interested researchers with access to the original data sets generated by PD&R-sponsored data collection efforts, including the American Housing Survey, median family incomes and income limits, as well as microdata from research initiatives on topics such as housing discrimination, the HUD-insured multifamily housing stock, and the public housing population.


Office of Public Affairs: OPA strives to educate and keep the American people informed about the Department's mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. By pursuing media outreach, OPA works to ensure homeowners, renters, and those living in subsidized housing hear directly from key officials about the Department's latest initiatives and goals. Using communications tools such as press releases, press conferences, the Internet, media interviews, New Media and community outreach, OPA provides Americans with information about housing policies and programs that are important to them.


Office of Public & Indian Housing: PIH ensures safe, decent, and affordable housing, creates opportunities for residents' self-sufficiency and economic independence, and assures the fiscal integrity of all program participants.

Public & Indian Housing One-Stop Tool for Public Housing Authorities: PHA staff can obtain quick access to PIH systems, tools, training opportunities, program requirements, commonly used external websites, PIH contacts, and much more.

Public Housing: Fact SheetHomeownershipJobs Plus Initiative Program...

Indian Housing: Community DevelopmentHomeownershipGrantsCommon QuestionsPolicy & RegulationsPublications & Resources


Office of Small / Disadvantaged Business Utilization: OSDBU is responsible for ensuring that small businesses are treated fairly and that they have an opportunity to compete and be selected for a fair amount of the Agency's prime and subcontracting opportunities. HUD is committed to providing universal access to both small businesses and large businesses. The Agency recognizes that small businesses are of vital importance to job growth and the economic strength of the country. A successful and strong business community is an integral component of the Department's overall mission of job creation, community empowerment and economic revitalization.

Doing Business with HUD: Forecast of Contracting OpportunitiesHUD Small Business Contacts Office of the Chief Procurement Officer Small Business Guide Small Business Policies HUD Active Prime Contractors