HUD ANNOUNCES CLOSURE OF THREE CALIFORNIA OFFICES
A streamlined, modernized department means a smaller national footprint
San Francisco, CA –Ophelia Basgal, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Regional Administrator, announced the agency’s offices in Sacramento, San Diego and Fresno will close as part of a realignment of staff resources to better support program delivery. Nationwide, HUD plans to close 16 of its 80 field offices, affecting approximately 120 employees. It is anticipated the offices will be closed by early fiscal year 2014. The move will result in meaningful administrative savings, anywhere from $110 to $150 million in lease and operating cost over a 10-year period.
“The closure plan provides for optimal use of HUD's staffing resources, better results for HUD customers, and greater efficiencies for American taxpayers,” said Basgal. "Like families and businesses across the country, we cannot continue to operate like we did decades ago. America has changed, communities have changed and we must change."
“We looked at where our staff needs to be in order to make certain we can achieve the greatest possible impact on the people and places we serve,” said Pat Hoban-Moore, HUD’s Assistant Deputy Secretary for Field Policy and Management. “We will implement this realignment without disrupting the program delivery networks currently serving communities throughout the nation.”
“While these restructuring actions may be difficult for some employees, they are necessary to improve the long term organizational efficiency for the Department,” explained Basgal. “We are realigning HUD to deliver the best value to customers and taxpayers.”
HUD will retain two large offices in Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as the Santa Ana Homeownership Center. Staff in these offices will work with clients in the affected areas to ensure uninterrupted, quality service going forward.
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