In this episode, Jason and Andrew discuss the history and the growing power of the Department of Urban Housing and Development (HUD) over the ability of local governments to effectively govern themselves. From waving around billions of dollars with strings attached, to trying to dictate what kinds of development should go in our comprehensive plans, HUD has a lot to do with it. Affordable housing, equitable housing, high density… HUD has been advising cities create more of it and then provide grants to build it that cities think they can’t live without. HUD may not have the money that the Departments of Defense or the Treasury have, but make no mistake, they have thousands upon thousands of employees and many departments. Like it or not, HUD directly affects your community. How? Listen on!
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