Farías Sworn in as HUD's Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

August 17, 2017
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Last week, Texas native Anna Maria Farías was sworn in as HUD’s new Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity (FHEO).

The FHEO’s mission is to eliminate housing discrimination, promote economic opportunity, and achieve diverse, inclusive communities by leading the nation in the enforcement, administration, development, and public understanding of federal fair housing policies and laws. The FHEO enforces the Fair Housing Act of 1968, which protects people from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, and family status.

"We're thrilled to welcome Anna Maria back home to HUD," said Secretary Ben Carson. "As she has in the past, Anna Maria will provide steady leadership and will advance HUD's mission as a manifestation of our nation's fair housing and civil rights laws."

"It is a singular honor to be asked by the President and the Secretary to return to an agency I love," said Farías. "I'm looking forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting down to work on behalf of the American people."

Farías previously served in senior roles at HUD during the George W. Bush administration, including Director for HUD's Center for Faith-based and Community Initiatives and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Grant Programs in the Office of Community Planning and Development. Since 2013, Farías served in leadership roles on the Board of Regents at Texas Women's University.