Policy Change for New Challenges - Interview with HUD Assistant Secretary Raphael Bostic
Dr. Raphael Bostic was sworn in as HUD’s Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research almost a year ago, and what a year it has been! He was also at HUD during the Clinton administration, but this time around his work is framed by a global economic crisis with housing at its roots, a new HUD leadership model driven by President Obama and Secretary Shaun Donovan, and the persistent challenge of having to address greater need with fewer resources.
Dr. Bostic recently spoke with Jack Higgins, a 2010 Fels graduate and soon-to-be HUD employee. They talked about how the department has changed over the last few years and where programs like HOPE VI and Choice Neighborhoods are heading. Dr. Bostic reflected on his background as a teacher at USC and how all universities can engage with the communities they are in. He also discussed some of the new ways that HUD is planning to help those cities that have been dealing with economic decline for decades.
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