Why We Need Political Will
Ep. 29 - Marion McFadden, has candid advice on the priorities and political will Washington should have. Not only should there be more money for HUD, but it needs to be a priority at the executive branch level. While that isn’t the case right now, there is hope to be found in the private sector and state and local governments who are making major commitments to prioritizing affordable housing.
- The lessons that we should have learned as a country in disaster recovery
- The importance of emphasizing on the cost of construction when rebuilding houses for disaster victims
- How to be flexible in working with different teams and fields
- Why the role of HUD should be preserved and increased through political will
- The possibility of making tax credit easier for certain vulnerable communities
- The importance of housing people first before working on their more layered complexities
Listen in to hear how the disaster recovery fund has changed over the years and what needs to be done to ensure the mistakes of the past are not repeated.
“Figure out what you can do from where you are and keep up the political pressure, use social media and get folks your own age or any other age involved because we need to keep this issue front and center.”
Marion talks about her role in the affordable housing sector through various organizations. After 15 years at HUD, Marion Mollegen McFadden felt she could make a bigger impact outside of the government. She is the senior vice president for public policy and senior advisor for resilience at Enterprise Community Partners, and she now leads the public policy team at Enterprise Community Partners, which supports innovative solutions to affordable housing, disaster relief, and empowering people with job skills. In her previous role at HUD, she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Housing (HUD). At HUD, she oversaw affordable housing and community development programs, including the Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), the HOME Investment Partnerships program, the Housing Trust Fund, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) and CDBG Disaster Recovery funds, including the recent National Disaster Resilience Competition grants.
Listen to learn why people need housing first before they can deal with other layered complexities. Tune in for her sage advice on what the future of housing should hold.
She explains who Enterprise Community Partners are and how long they have been in service [2:41]
How they work to provide solutions across the field through policy [3:26]
She describes her experience working at HUD and what her role was [4:15]
How the disaster recovery funds have changed between now and 9/11 [4:55]
How they are approaching housing amid Coronavirus pandemic [6:15]
The disaster recovery lessons that we did not learn as a country through past disasters [7:06]
She explains her biggest success story as to how she handled rebuilding homes for hurricane Sandy’s victims [8:43]
She reveals her regrets over how they handled the housing compensation for hurricane Katrina’s victims which still haunts her to date [10:12]
What she would do differently in taking care of disaster victims’ housing [12:10]
Why she believes that her flexibility while working with HUD is her legacy [14:11]
She explains the role of HUD which is to serve the most vulnerable people in society [15:48]
Why Congress’ lack of faith in HUD is its biggest challenge right now [16:50]
The supply and demand in the affordable housing and the importance of expansion of the authorities available [18:05]
She explains the complexity of layering and how it affects affordable housing [19:13]
How the home program works for community needs in the rental or homeownership needs [20:02]
How they have been working to make the tax credit program easier to use for certain communities [21:51]
Should affordable housing be an entitlement program [23:55]
Why the affordable housing subject has become important [25:40]
What is the housing first movement and its importance [27:44]
Why she believes that Congress will put money into affordable housing to help needy communities [28:51]
What advice would she give to young people who want to advocate for affordable housing [29:45]