Jackson will host Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Marcia Fudge on Wednesday in the first stop of her “HUD on the Road” tour.
Her stop in the Magnolia State will include visits to HUD-funded homes to speak with homeowners, roundtable discussions and a meeting with faith leaders.
U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Bolton, is expected to attend each event, and other elected officials are expected but not yet confirmed, a spokesperson for HUD said.
The “HUD on the Road” tour is a new initiative from the federal department that will see Fudge and other prominent officials engage with local communities and leaders across the country.
“Secretary Fudge will be joined by Congressman Bennie Thompson, homeowners and other elected officials to ensure that localities are aware of the scope of HUD’s mission and the resources available to them, and that they are leveraging those resources to support families and communities, and convey that a united HUD is dedicated to increasing equity and improving the experience for the people we serve,” HUD spokesperson Shantae Goodloe said in an email.
In the first stop, Fudge and Thompson will be joined in the Broadmoor neighborhood by two local homeowners who benefited from HUD funding, along with Merrill McKewen, executive director of Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capitol Area. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. at 4643 and 4644 Meadowridge Drive. Conversations between officials and homeowners inside homes will not be open to the press or public, but Fudge is expected to make remarks afterwards.
The second event will be a roundtable discussion on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, homeownership and asset building. It will take place at the Bennie G. Thompson Academic and Research Center at Tougaloo College at 10:30 a.m. In addition to Fudge and Thompson, the presidents of Tougaloo, Jackson State University and Rust College are scheduled to attend.
Then, at 1:30 p.m., Fudge and Thompson will participate in a roundtable focusing on Community Development Financial Institutions, down payment assistance programs and home lending. CDFI’s provide traditional financial serves to disadvantaged or underserved communities. The discussion will take place at Smith Robertson Civil Rights Museum and will include Hope Enterprise Corporation CEO Bill Bynum.
The final stop will be a meeting with faith leaders at 3:15 p.m. at Cade Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. A number of local pastors will be attending.
Goodloe said the “HUD on the Road” tour will help spread the message of the administration’s goals and policies.
“Under the Biden-Harris Administration and the leadership of Secretary Marcia L. Fudge, HUD is prioritizing actions to ease the burden of housing costs by boosting the supply of affordable housing,” Goodloe said.
After Jackson, further stops on the “HUD on the Road” tour have yet to be announced.