You’ve read about a lot of different options for getting into a career in government, but perhaps you still haven’t found what you’re looking for. Believe it or not, there are even more government departments and agencies that this book has not yet explored. In this chapter, you will learn about a few of the other agencies in the government that you might find to be interesting places to work.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was established in 1965. It was one component of President Lyndon Johnson’s “Great Society” programs, the largest expansion of the federal government since Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal in the 1930s. Three years later, Johnson helped push the Civil Rights Act of 1968 through Congress. As a follow-up to Johnson’s Civil Rights Act of 1964, the legislation passed in 1968 focused principally on fair housing for minorities. The Civil Rights Act of 1968 forbids housing discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, disability, or family status. HUD is responsible for enforcing its edicts.
HUD describes its mission as follows: “To increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. To fulfill this mission, HUD will embrace high standards of ethics, management and accountability and forge new partnerships—particularly with faith-based and community organizations—that leverage resources and improve HUD’s ability to be effective on the community level.”