HUD appoints head of fair housing efforts

by Francis Monfort15 Aug 2017
Anna Maria Farías has been named assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). In that role, Farías will head efforts to make communities more diverse and inclusive by eliminating housing discrimination and promoting economic opportunities.

HUD Secretary Ben Carson administered the oath of office to Farías last Thursday. She will be leading the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, which enforces the Fair Housing Act of 1968. The law provides protections against discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and family status. The office also leads national enforcement, administration, development, and public understanding of federal fair housing policies and laws.

"We're thrilled to welcome Anna Maria back home to HUD," said Carson. "As she has in the past, Anna Maria will provide steady leadership and will advance HUD's mission as a manifestation of our nation's fair housing and civil rights laws."

"It is a singular honor to be asked by the president and the secretary to return to an agency I love," said Farías. "I'm looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting down to work on behalf of the American people."

During the George W. Bush administration, Farías held senior roles at HUD such as director of the Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives and deputy assistant secretary for grant programs in the Office of Community Planning and Development. In the latter role, Farías managed over $16 billion in grants to Gulf Coast states as part of the department’s recovery efforts following hurricanes in 2005.

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