2:15pm May 17, 2014

Report: San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro to head HUD


According to a report from the New York Times, the Mayor of San Antonio, Julian Castro, will be nominated to be the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. This isn’t the first time that a Mayor from San Antonio has been nominated for this position. During the Clinton administration, Henry Cisneros, who had served as Mayor of San Antonio in the 1980s was nominated and became the 10th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Julian Castro has risen to prominence in Democratic Party circles since speaking at the 2012 Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. His name is frequently tossed around as a potential Vice President running mate.

According to the New York Times:

“President Obama intends to choose Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio as the secretary of housing and urban development in a cabinet reshuffling, according to Democrats informed about the plans.

Mr. Castro, who has often been mentioned as a potential vice-presidential candidate for the Democrats, would take the place of Shaun Donovan, who would move to head the Office of Management and Budget. That job is being vacated by Sylvia Mathews Burwell, whom Mr. Obama has nominated as secretary of health and human services.

The White House refused to comment. But the president’s move to elevate a high-profile Hispanic official to his cabinet comes as his attempt to push an immigration overhaul through Congress appears to be stymied and as he considers easing the number of deportations of illegal immigrants.”

Castro, if confirmed, would be the third Latino in President Obama’s cabinet. He would join Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and the head of the Small Business Administration, Maria Contreras-Sweet. Castro would also join his twin brother, Congressman Joaquin Castro in Washington, D.C.

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One Comment

  1. Joyce Howland

    I am a non-borrowing spouse of a reverse mortgage. I was taken off the deed when we obtained our reverse mortgage because I was only 61 years old. That means when my husband dies I will be evicted from my home and be homeless.

    Is the new Secretary, Julian Castro, going to resolve this issue for thousands of us just like me and allow us to stay in our homes if our spouses die? I’m 65 years old now and for the past 4 years I have lived in fear of losing my home when my older husband dies. PLEASE, PLEASE PLEASE ask him to resolve this issue once and for all. It seems that everyone including HUD keeps sweeping this issue under the table in order to avoid a resolution for non-borrowing spouses. The new regulations as of August 2014 allow for younger spouses to remain in their homes, why not the rest of us?
    Thank you.

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