The largest challenge that we face, from my perspective, is the ability to continue moving forward so the agency will have a single mission: that is, to provide decent, safe, and affordable housing.
The dream doesn't lie in victimization or blame; it lies in hard work, determination and a good education.
The other part of outsourcing is this: it simply says where the work can be done outside better than it can be done inside, we should do it.
And what most people don't understand is the bulk of business in this country is small business.
I believe that if you are elderly, physically or mentally handicapped we have an obligation too you, but if you are able-bodied, you should be working.
So, we're saying, if we can give developers and builders incentives to cut down on the regulatory barriers that are faced in this country, then we might be able to address the needs of affordable housing.
Progress for black Americans depends on good schools because education is the last great equalizer.
You can't rise as a class. You have to rise individually. It's what many of the civil rights-era people don't understand.
In 1965, I marched for equality.
I think that there will always be a need for Housing and Urban Development.
America is a place where you can be born into a low-income household but still lift yourself up, and it doesn't matter what color you are.
But we look back now, and we realize the Great Society was not a success.
And I always like to stress, it's not a quota, not a set-aside, it's not about race, it's about giving opportunities to demonstrate their abilities to do work with the Federal Government.
As you know, in this country Anglo-Americans are about 75 to 76 percent home ownership in this country, where Hispanics, African Americans are less than 50 percent.
One of the problems that we are confronted with is, when we decide to buy or build a home, we don't get a clear picture of what closing costs will be of that home.
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