Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
In a Rose Garden ceremony on August 10, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Housing and Urban Development Act. The Act expanded funding for existing federal housing programs, provided rent subsidies for the elderly and disabled, assisted in the construction of more low-income housing, and provided funds for public works projects. In his signing remarks, he said he believed the act would "become known as the single most valuable housing legislation in our history."
Four weeks later on September 9, 1965, President Johnson would go on to sign legislation that would establish the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a cabinet-level agency, to oversee the newly funded housing programs. Nominated by President Johnson in 1966, Robert C. Weaver was appointed as the first Secretary of HUD, and became the first African American Cabinet member.
During Weaver's tenure at HUD, he is credited with increasing the availability of affordable housing, fighting to end housing discrimination, and launching a comprehensive revitalization of America's urban centers. In July 2000, the HUD headquarters in Washington, D. C., was renamed to honor Weaver.
For historical perspective, the LBJ Presidential Library has collected related photos, videos, audio, and text from both bill signings. All are public domain.
50th Anniversary of Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
On Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2015, 50 years to the day that President Johnson signed the bill that created HUD, then Secretary Julián Castro joined Friends of the LBJ Library members for their Evening with Speaker Series in the LBJ Auditorium. Luci Baines Johnson introduced Secretary Castro. LBJ Library Director Mark Updegrove moderated the conversation. View photos and video.