Congress in Recess
The House and Senate are both in recess until Monday, April 16 on a district/state work period. It is expected that Congress may begin drafting and releasing fiscal year (FY) 2013 appropriations bills shortly upon their return
HUD Announces New Deputy Secretary
Last Friday, March 30, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that Maurice A. Jones was confirmed by the Senate as the next Deputy Director under Secretary Shaun Donovan. The position is currently being held by Acting Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer Estelle Richman. Mr. Jones comes to HUD with previous experience as the Commissioner for the Virginia Department of Social Services and numerous other community development positions within the Commonwealth of Virginia. Ms. Richman will remain at HUD as Special Assistant to the Secretary.
House Passed Homes for Heroes Act
Last Tuesday, March 27, the House passed the "Homes for Heroes Act," HR 3298. The legislation, sponsored by Representative Al Green (D-TX), creates the position of Special Assistance for Veterans Affairs at HUD and also requires an annual submission of a veterans supplemental to the Annual Homeless Assessment Report (AHAR). The legislation has been sent to the Senate where it awaits further action.