January 07, 2009
Michael Victorian/Enid Doggett
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AFGE Congratulates Incoming Housing Secretary-Designate Shaun Donovan

(WASHINGTON) – The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) today congratulated Shaun Donovan on his nomination to become the next secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. AFGE, the nation’s largest federal employee union, is eager to work with Donovan to bring relief to struggling homeowners and provide more affordable housing to Americans.

Donovan is commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development and was a special assistant at HUD during the Clinton administration. He has a reputation for limiting foreclosures on low-income homeowners and is an advocate of low- and moderate-income housing.

“President-elect Obama’s choice of Shaun Donovan to run HUD is a clear signal that he is sensitive to the needs of Americans during this period of economic crisis,” AFGE National President John Gage said. “According to news reports, one out of 10 American homeowners is either late on their mortgage payment or in foreclosure. And although housing prices have fallen, the cost of housing is still out of reach for many Americans. AFGE urges the Obama administration to start more initiatives to help Americans struggling to pay their mortgages each month and provide more affordable housing to low- and moderate-income Americans. We look forward to working with Donovan and the administration to make such programs a reality.”

Confirmation hearings for Shaun Donovan are scheduled to start this week.

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