Written by Ashton Snyder on
 March 12, 2024

White House Departures Continue As Housing Secretary Marcia Fudge Is Stepping Down

According to NBC News, Marcia Fudge, the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, has announced her resignation, setting the stage for a transition at a pivotal moment for housing policy in the United States.

Marcia Fudge's departure as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development marks a turning point for the department, coinciding with an ambitious budget proposal to expand affordable housing initiatives.

Having served since March 2021, Fudge's tenure was noteworthy for its focus on rebuilding and expanding the department's capabilities in the face of significant housing challenges.

President Joe Biden has expressed gratitude for her service, highlighting her efforts to address housing disparities and promote homeownership and fair renting practices.

Focusing on the Future of Housing Policy

Following Fudge's resignation on March 22, Deputy Secretary Adrianne Todman will assume the role of acting secretary.

This transition comes as the department seeks to substantially increase its budget, aimed at enhancing affordable housing access and availability.

The departure of Marcia Fudge, the second Cabinet secretary to leave the administration during Biden's term, follows a commitment by White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients to maintain continuity within the Cabinet and senior White House staff through the rest of the term.

Before her appointment, Fudge served as a congresswoman from Ohio and as chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus. These experiences enriched her leadership at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Legacy and Vision: Reflecting on Fudge's Contributions

In a statement, Fudge reflected on her tenure at the department, emphasizing her commitment to its mission of creating inclusive, sustainable communities and affordable homes. This focus has been central to her approach, aiming to enhance economic opportunity and fairness in housing.

For the last three years, I have fully embraced HUD's mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. I will continue to do the work that I have been called to do.

The 2025 budget request for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, proposing a nearly $500 million increase, underscores the administration's commitment to expanding affordable housing. This budget addresses key issues such as affordable rent and the supply of affordable housing, reflecting priorities that Fudge has championed.


As Marcia Fudge transitions from her role, her impact on housing policy and dedication to addressing the needs of American renters and homeowners remain enduring aspects of her legacy.

With Deputy Secretary Todman stepping in as acting secretary, the department continues its work towards a housing system that is accessible and fair for all Americans, guided by the vision and groundwork laid by Fudge.

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