Brian Montgomery, Acting Deputy Secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Brian D. Montgomery serves as the acting deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In this role, he manages the day-to-day operations of the agency and advises and assists the secretary in leading the department’s nearly 8,000 employees. Brian also serves as the assistant secretary for housing – Federal Housing Commissioner for HUD. Nominated by President Trump in September 2017, his confirmation marks the first time an individual has served as head of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) twice, and under three different administrations. With over 30 years of experience in both the public and private sector, including his first term as commissioner from 2005 to 2009, Brian brings to HUD a deep knowledge of housing issues and vast experience spearheading large-scale policy initiatives. He is known for his work in reforming the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, developing solutions to assist struggling homeowners during the financial crisis, and his leadership of FHA modernization efforts that led to legislation in 2008. As Federal Housing Commissioner, Montgomery is responsible for the management of FHA’s $1.3 trillion mortgage insurance portfolio, which includes its Single Family, Multifamily and Health Care programs. As assistant secretary for Housing, he also oversees HUD’s project-based Section 8 rental assistance housing program, the Office of Housing Counseling and HUD’s Manufactured Housing Program. In addition to his first term as FHA commissioner, Brian’s government experience includes serving as deputy assistant to President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005, including serving as secretary of the cabinet from 2003 to 2005, and as a member of the Federal Housing Finance Board and the board of NeighborWorks America. While serving as secretary to the cabinet, Brian was appointed as the White House primary point of contact for the shuttle Columbia accident investigation in February 2003. For the effort, Brian was awarded the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 2004. A Texas native, Brian holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Houston. He also attended the University of Texas at Austin.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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