Statement from Terri Ludwig, president & CEO of Enterprise Community Partners, on Pamela Patenaude’s nomination for deputy secretary of HUD
April 28, 2017 -- Pam’s deep understanding of affordable housing challenges and remarkable expertise make her an exemplary choice for deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Her commitment to creating communities in which all people have a fair shot at success, her expertise in forging bipartisan policy solutions and the heart that she brings to her work every day will serve HUD and America well. Making well-designed homes affordable must be a part of America’s economic agenda.
Pam’s nomination comes at a critical time, when there’s a growing shortage of affordable homes that is projected to get worse. Her expansive housing knowledge and experience—including as a former adviser to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush and currently as president of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families—will enable her to hit the ground running, immediately improving HUD’s ability to strengthen communities nationwide.
She is a long-time supporter of bipartisan solutions to America’s housing challenges and rightfully known as someone who draws on and builds support for good ideas, wherever they are found.
As director of housing policy at the Bipartisan Policy Center, she was a key part of a team of experts who published “Housing America’s Future: New Directions for National Policy,” which calls for a 50 percent expansion of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit). At the heart of the Administration and Congress’ efforts to address housing affordability must be the Housing Credit, which finances virtually all affordable rental homes nationwide.
Fortunately, this recommendation can be turned into action: Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) recently introduced the Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act to expand and strengthen the Housing Credit, which would create an additional 400,000 affordable homes and support nearly 500,000 jobs in communities across the country.
Pam recognizes that investments in quality, affordable homes must be a part of America’s economic agenda. Enterprise will work with the Administration, HUD and Congress to increase opportunity in communities across the country, beginning with making well-designed homes affordable and connected to resources like quality healthcare, jobs, schools and transit.