HUD chief calls Oakland ‘transit village’ a national model for housing

By Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, October 14, 2021

“Marcia Fudge, secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, toured Oakland’s Fruitvale Transit Village on Thursday and called it a national model for building housing on transit corridors amid the state’s escalating housing and homelessness crisis.

“Fudge applauded the city’s efforts to leverage federal funds to purchase hotels and motels for homeless housing and said alternative housing models, like tiny homes, need to be prioritized.

“The sounds of the development’s construction were loud as Fudge walked through the transit village. She acknowledged that the development process to build new projects takes time, and said she talks to Gov. Gavin Newsom often about the need to build faster.

“ ‘They know that there is no time to waste,’ Fudge said, adding that federal resources and aid available to states will have time limits for certain projects to encourage speedy development. Fudge did not specify what those resources are or will be.”

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