Cliff Albright and LaTosha Brown, Co-Founders of Black Voters Matter and April England-Albright, National Legal Director of Black Voters Matter Issue A Statement on Secretary Fudge’s Resignation from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Retirement from Public Life 


Today, we at Black Voters Matter express our gratitude and respect as we bid farewell to Secretary Marcia L. Fudge following the announcement of her resignation from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and retirement from public life. Secretary Fudge’s tenure at HUD has been marked by her dedication to decreasing the racial wealth gap, advancing racial equity, and uplifting the Black communities —cornerstones of her commitment to justice. 

Secretary Fudge’s efforts have made significant strides in creating a more equitable society. HUD’s work in collaboration with partners and localities to increase the supply of affordable housing has been transformative. The preservation and creation of over 2 million units of public and multifamily housing since 2021 has laid a foundation for stronger communities. Secretary Fudge’s vision extended to the future, with investments in more energy-efficient homes through the Green and Resilient Retrofit Program, ensuring sustainability and resilience for years to come. 

The expansion of rental assistance and the increase in Housing Choice Vouchers have been life-changing for the 2.5 million people who have benefited from these programs over the past year. With the awarding of approximately 120,000 new incremental housing vouchers—the most significant increase in two decades—Secretary Fudge has demonstrated a commitment to housing security that is unparalleled. 

Her dedication to serving those experiencing homelessness has been unwavering. In the last three years, HUD has served or permanently housed more than 1.2 million people in need. This is a testament to Secretary Fudge’s belief that every individual deserves a place to call home. 

Beyond these remarkable achievements, Secretary Fudge has been an exemplary role model, cultivating Black female leaders in the spirit of Mary McLeod Bethune. Her legacy will continue to inspire and empower women of color to break barriers and lead with purpose and passion. 

As Secretary Fudge steps down, we honor her extraordinary contributions and the impact she has made. Her work has not just changed policies; it has transformed lives. We are grateful for her service, her courage, and her voice, which has echoed the values of equity and justice throughout her distinguished career. 

Black Voters Matter remains committed to building on the foundations laid by Secretary Fudge, upholding our shared values, and continuing the fight for a just and equitable society for all.