[Hpn] Boston, MA - HUD Names Liaison for Community and Faith-Based Organizations in the New England Region - Business PRNewswire - July 15, 2002

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HUD Names Liaison for Community and Faith-Based Organizations in the New England
Region

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BOSTON, MA  - Business PRNewswire - July 15, 2002

Housing and Urban Development Regional Director Kevin Keogh today announced
Raymond Jordan will serve as the Department's principle liaison to community and
faith-based organizations in HUD's New England region.

    Jordan will act as HUD's primary point of contact with faith-based and
community groups seeking information, technical assistance and funding
opportunities in the New England region.

Jordan has a long and distinguished career in government service, working as a
senior manager at HUD for the past eight years and as a Massachusetts State
Legislator for the prior nearly twenty years.  He was also chairman and founder
of a Community Development Corporation responsible for the development of
affordable housing in Springfield, MA and a past Chairman of the Springfield
Urban League.

    "Raymond will be an indispensable resource to these organizations as we seek
to facilitate their participation in HUD's mission of providing critically
needed housing and other services to people in need," said Kevin Keogh.  "This
is just one more way we can level the playing field for smaller faith-based and
community groups who are doing so much good at the grassroots level."

    Jordan said, "I'm thrilled to be HUD's liaison to these community and
faith-based groups.  I'm hopeful I can help continue to break down the barriers
that may prevent the full inclusion of these important organizations in the
Department's work in their neighborhoods."

    Shortly after taking office, President Bush established Centers for
Faith-Based and Community Initiatives in five major cabinet agencies, including
HUD, to evaluate policies, funding programs, and agency outreach efforts to
ensure that they emphasize effectiveness and hospitality to faith-based and
community-based organizations.

HUD Secretary Mel Martinez directed a top-to-bottom review of all HUD programs
to identify barriers to the participation of  community- and faith-based
organizations.

As a result, HUD is working to remove these barriers and reach out to the faith
community and other grassroots organizations that are uniquely positioned to
more effectively provide social services to low-income Americans.

    Last month, Martinez released a bilingual "how-to guide" to help faith-based
organizations encourage homeownership opportunities, particularly among minority
families who continue to lag behind historic homeownership rates.

"Ten Things Your Faith Community Can Do To Encourage Homeownership" offers
faith-based grassroots organizations an easy-to-read guide to promoting
homeownership in their communities.

Earlier this year, Martinez also issued guidance to approximately 3,200 local
public housing agencies granting them the authority to institute "an open door
policy" for faith-based organizations to provide social services to public
housing residents.

    HUD is the nation's housing agency committed to increasing homeownership,
particularly among minorities, creating affordable housing opportunities for
low-income Americans, supporting the homeless, elderly, people with disabilities
and people living with AIDS.

The Department also promotes economic and community development as well as
enforces the nation's fair housing laws.

More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at
http://www.hud.gov.

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