One day after the Senate passed a $1 billion infrastructure bill, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge visited Birmingham Wednesday, promoting how the Magic City could benefit from the bipartisan plan.
Fudge’s visit focused on President Biden’s “Build Back Better” agenda, which includes investment in affordable housing. The secretary, who was joined by Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and Congresswoman Terri Sewell, spent time at two public housing communities: Southtown Court and Villas at Titusville.
Fudge said equity must be a consideration when addressing housing disparities.
“We know that systemic racism has done a great damage to this country and to cities like Birmingham,” Fudge said.
Over the last few years, Birmingham has seen an increase of redevelopments and revitalization. Those new developments include rebuilding one of the country’s oldest public housing communities, Loveman Village in Birmingham’s west side. Loveman is now being re-built into Villas at Titusville, for 164 families.
Fudge said as a larger city, Birmingham would have priority to receive funding from the infrastructure bill.
Through the HUD’s grant program, Birmingham can receive “millions and millions of dollars,” according to Fudge.