Julia Gordon Confirmed as FHA Commissioner | Housing Finance Magazine

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Julia Gordon has been confirmed by the Senate to be the next Deputy Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development for Housing and Commissioner of the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).

Vice President Kamala Harris cast the deciding vote, breaking a 50-50 tie.

Gordon most recently served as chair of the National Community Stabilization Trust, a non-profit organization that supports neighborhood revitalization and affordable homeownership by facilitating the rehabilitation of residential properties in underserved markets. She was also responsible for the single-family policy team at the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

Wednesday’s vote ends a long confirmation process.

Senate Banking Committee member Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) urged her colleagues to oppose Gordon’s nomination, saying she had a history of “disturbing statements denigrating the police.”

“Among other things, she retweeted an inflammatory post that portrayed the police as the people who were killing us,” he said.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) spoke in favor of Gordon, calling her highly skilled with decades of experience and broad support from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA), Habitat for Humanity and others.

“She dedicated her life to housing,” Brown said. “She has helped people have the opportunity to live decently in clean, affordable and safe housing.”

David Dworkin, president and CEO of the National Housing Conference, applauded Gordon’s confirmation.

“Julia Gordon brings deep experience to address the significant challenges facing FHA,” he said. “If we’re going to be successful in closing the gap between racial owners, the FHA must be at the forefront. Through her leadership of the National Community Stabilization Trust, she has a nuanced understanding of local housing markets and how they can function sustainably even under stress. She also has the skills, experience and connections to bring people together, both within FHA and among stakeholders, to address challenges collaboratively and effectively.

Lisa Rice, president and CEO of the National Fair Housing Alliance, also expressed support after the vote.

“We need Ms. Gordon’s principled leadership at this critical time as our country faces rising housing costs and shortages, lack of credit for low-cost mortgages, persistent inequality and to rising interest rates that impact consumers’ ability to access affordable housing and credit,” she said. “Ms. Gordon has the expertise, judgment and in-depth knowledge to effectively manage FHA’s extensive housing portfolio, and we are confident that she will ensure the agency lives up to its goal of helping to develop home ownership and secure housing for all.

MBA President and CEO Bob Broeksmit added that he also looked forward to working with her.

“Her knowledge and experience in housing policy and community development will stand her in good stead as she leads FHA’s mission to support homeownership opportunities for low- and middle-income and minority borrowers. in underserved communities, as well as increasing the supply of affordable rental housing,” he said in a statement.