Project 21 News


Date of Issue: September 1995

For more information contact: Project 21 at (202) 507-6398


African-American Group Says HUD is Ineffective, Abusive; Recommends Its Abolishment
Three Senate Proposals to Aid Distressed Urban Areas Look Promising, Group Says


Noting that the deteriorating condition of many urban areas has been accompanied by a 300% increase in the budget of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) since 1980, members of the African-American leadership group Project 21 say HUD should be abolished and a new plan devised for the inner cities. Furthermore, say Project 21 members, HUD's misuse of authority to silence critics of its policies must end.

Project 21 members are in support of three proposed reforms of current urban policies:

"The Department of Housing and Urban Development stands as a testament to the failed social engineering of the 1960s. The worst slums in America are run by HUD, giving that agency the dubious distinction of being the #1 slum lord in America. At its worst, public housing under HUD has served as an incubator for social pathologies which have been unleashed on our society hurting the very ones such programs are suppose to help," argues Project 21 Member Zenoa Henderson, Vice President of California's Cerritos Republican Club.

Project 21's Doug Laurance, a Republican Party political activist in Sacramento, says, "I support the abolition of the Department of Housing and Urban Development because something must be done to curtail the runaway bureaucracy and duplication of services in our overblown government. Big government is simply a waste of money. What HUD can do right should be transferred to another agency thereby saving taxpayer dollars. The tax dollars saved from restructuring HUD can be used far more productively in the private sector."

Project 21 advisor and TV talk show producer Amos Young of Montclair, California, says, "With its long history of waste, fraud and abuse, at a minimum, HUD programs should be streamlined. HUD should be reevaluated on a cost-benefit basis, not according to its symbolic value as a stalwart to aid urban America (which it really has not done very well over the past three decades). The bottom line is simple: HUD must go!"

For more information please contact Project 21 at (202) 507-6398.


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