Julian Castro on Welfare & Poverty

Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn); former HUD Secretary


Bring back LGBT non-discrimination policies for HUD housing

Q: I am one of many LGBT in this country who live in subsidized housing due to a disability. Will you do to bring back the LGBTQ non-discrimination policies for HUD housing that were removed?

CASTRO: I'm very proud that during the two-and-a-half years that I was housing secretary that me and the people that worked at HUD, we had a role in expanding those protections. It is a shame what this administration has done to roll them back. And the comments that Secretary Carson, my successor, made a couple of weeks ago are shameful. As president, I would make sure not only that we appoint people, including members of the LGBTQ community, to the cabinet, to the White House staff, and other positions in the administration who are going to ensure that we expand equal opportunity, but we absolutely will strengthen protections in housing and employment and health care, in every other context for members of the LGBTQ community.

Source: CNN LGBT Town Hall 2020 , Oct 10, 2019

Construction funding & rent subsidies for affordable housing

Castro on Affordable Housing: Combination of construction funding and rent subsidies.


A few candidates have called for a two-pronged approach, combining rent relief with efforts to increase construction. Sen. Cory Booker's plan would give renters a refundable tax credit to cover the shortfall between 30 percent of their income and rent while directing $40 billion a year to the Housing Trust Fund to build and operate rental housing for low-income people.

Julian Castro, a former secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama administration, would expand the Housing Voucher Program and create a tax credit for renters. To increase the supply of affordable housing, he would expand the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and boost funding for two trust funds to develop and improve public housing by $45 billion.

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

ConnectHome: Support affordable housing

As HUD Secretary, one of Castro's main project included ConnectHome--an initiative that brought internet accessibility to those who lived in HUD-assisted housing in 28 communities.

In 2016, HUD launched a fund that provided $173 million in grants to create affordable housing. He also put in practice the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule, which required cities that receive federal money to examine potential biases in housing opportunities, per CNBC.

Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020" , Apr 22, 2019

Lower energy consumption in HUD-assisted housing

Q: Do you support new regulations to cut greenhouse gas emissions beyond what was in place under President Obama?

Castro: Addressing the existential crisis of climate change requires bold and aggressive action. President Obama put forward important policies that were a major step forward for our country and the world. For example, at HUD [which Mr. Castro used to lead], we worked on efforts to lower energy consumption and increase renewable energy usage in HUD assisted housing. But we cannot afford to stop there. We need renewable energy and performance standards, resilient infrastructure with stricter codes for sustainability, and we need incentives for research and investment in cutting-edge technologies.

Q: Do you support a national renewable energy standard? If so, what would it be? If not, why not?

Castro: Yes. Lowering carbon emissions will require a national renewable energy standard that gradually increases until we achieve our emissions target by 2050.

Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com) , Apr 18, 2019

Government can help needy families get back on their feet

As the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, I worked to expand the promise of opportunity to Americans all over the nation. Together, my team and I made housing more accessible, lessened homelessness among our nation's veterans and even offered internet access to families in public housing. We set out to help families get back on their feet and achieve more than they thought possible.
Source: 2020 Presidential campaign website JulianForTheFuture.com , Mar 27, 2019

ConnectHome: make HUD the Department of Opportunity

Every year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) creates opportunity for more than 30 million Americans, including more than 11.6 million children. That support ranges from assisting someone in critical need with emergency shelter for a night to helping more than 7.8 million homeowners build intergenerational wealth. Simply put, HUD provides a passport to the middle class. HUD is many things but, most of all, it is the Department of Opportunity. Everything we did in the last eight years was oriented to bring greater opportunity to the people we serve every day. That includes the thousands of public housing residents who now have access to high-speed Internet through ConnectHome. It includes the more than 1.2 million borrowers in 2016--more than 720,000 of them firsttime homebuyers--who reached their own American Dream because of the access to credit the Federal Housing Administration provides.
Source: HUD.gov Cabinet Exit Memo for Obama Cabinet biographies , Jan 5, 2017

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Julian Castro (D,San Antonio,TX)
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Phil Gordon (D,Phoenix)
Tom Menino (D,Boston)
Dennis Kucinch (D,Cleveland,OH)
Michael Nutter (D,Philadelphia)
Sarah Palin (R,Wasilla,AK)
Annise Parker (D,Houston)
Jerry Sanders (R,San Diego)
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