Office of Community Planning and Development
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Mark Johnston leads HUD’s Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD) where he administers key programs that produce affordable housing, promote community development, and assist special needs populations. The programs under Mark’s direction include the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, the HOME Investment Partnerships program, homelessness assistance programs, the Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), and disaster recovery funds. Combined, these programs represent more than $7 billion in federal funding to respond to a variety of affordable housing, community development and special needs. To administer this array of programs, Mark leads the management of more than 700 federal employees at headquarters and in the field.
Mark also currently serves as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs and is especially involved in the housing policies that affect people experiencing homelessness, people with HIV/AIDS, and veterans.
Mark has a long history of government service in strengthening communities. He has also served as HUD’s Senior Advisor on Homelessness and as Deputy Director for the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness. In 2012, Mark was a key part of a team from HUD and the Department of Veterans Affairs that won the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America (“Sammie”) Citizen Services Medal for their work to reduce veteran homelessness by 12 percent in one year.