U.S. Rep. Marcia Fudge (D-OH) delivers remarks after being introduced as then-President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee to head the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs at the Queen Theater on December 11, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware.

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. 

U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., listens to a constituent speak after voting at his home precinct in Bolton, Miss., Tuesday, June 7, 2022.

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.



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