I chose to analyze the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
website also known as HUD at www.hud.gov. HUD is a Cabinet department of the Executive
branch under the federal government. The current Secretary is Shaun Donovan who was sworn
in on January 26, 2009. He is the 15th Secretary for HUD since being form in 1965. Secretary
Donovan unlike other heads of private organizations must fulfill many of the duties and
requirements that are dictated by laws. In the mission statement HUD states that they want to
create a strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is
also working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers.
They also want to utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life in order to build
inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.
The HUD website has an immediate impact and provides useful information for
individuals interested in buying homes, avoiding foreclosure, talking to a housing counselor,
and access to other links. The homepage also offers information regarding featured news and
how Secretary Donovan is looking to assist people affected by the recent tragedy in Alabama and
Missouri. Individuals can learn about the FY2012 budget, the 2010 Annual Performance Report,
Strategic Plan, and Summary Report. People interested in learning more about what HUD can
offer can access contact information from the home page although they may have to navigate the
page before reaching their destination.
In the Press Room section of the website individuals can view the most recent information
posted by the site, known as press releases. Anyone visiting the site can read about the final
block grant allocations for fy2011 and how HUD awarded $15 million to help public housing
residents obtain jobs and economic independence. Press releases are also archived since 1996,
which allows anyone to research past initiatives. Additionally, in the Press Room there are
testimonies from officials within HUD to ensure before Congress that the views of Secretary
Donovan are being met. People that visit the website and get an idea of the budget focus,
although the content may be difficult to understand.
There is also a section for Secretary Donovan’s speeches, remarks, and statements made
visible for all, but the most important part in the Press Room is the blog section. In the blog
section everyone can read numerous articles like a newspaper. The blog shares information about
the programs HUD offers and gives the program a chance to interact with the public. The blog
allows individuals to provide feedback on how the agency is helping or ways to improve. The
goal of the blog is to “provide an outlet for two-way dialogue that helps provide more responsive