(National Sentinel) Mission Creep: At the direction of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, the agency has removed “inclusive” language from its mission statement in an effort to better reflect HUD’s objectives.
In a memo dated March 5, HUD assistant secretary of public affairs Amy Thompson told staff members that key wording would be removed from the mission statement.
Specifically, officials removed the department’s pledge to promote “inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.”
As noted in the memo, the move is being made “in an effort to align HUD’s mission with the Secretary’s priorities and that of the Administration.”
Thompson also said the change in wording was made in consultation with Carson.
“HUD’s mission is to ensure Americans have access to fair, affordable housing and opportunities to achieve self-sufficiency, thereby strengthening our communities and nation,” the reworked HUD mission statement now says, according to The Hill.
The pre-Carson statement read:
“HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination, and transform the way HUD does business.”
The change was not political, Thompson said, but made to reflect the true mission of HUD.
“An organization’s mission is never static,” she wrote. “A mission statement describes an organization’s purpose, what it intends to do, and whom it intends to serve. Most importantly, an organization’s activities must be embodied in its mission.”
Thompson asked HUD staffers to respond with any “comments or suggestions.”
Raffi Williams, a HUD spokesperson, revealed that officials had been planning on making “modest changes” to the mission statement, according to HuffPost.
Williams said the change was made to “make it a more clear and concise expression of the historic work this agency performs on behalf of the American people.”
“You can be sure of one thing — any mission statement for this Department will embody the principle of fairness as a central element of everything that we do,” he added.
“HUD has been, is now, and will always be committed to ensuring inclusive housing, free from discrimination for all Americans,” Williams continued.
HUD isn’t the only agency under the Trump administration that is altering its mission statement.
Staffers from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services were recently notified that “America’s promise as a nation of immigrants” would be edited out the agency’s mission statement.
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