Assistant PIH Secretary Resigns from HUD

Hunter Kurtz/Courtesy photo

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was updated on January 8 to add comments.

Assistant Secretary of Public and Indian Housing Hunter Kurtz has resigned from his position, effective at the close of business today.

In an email to housing authority executive directors, Mr. Kurtz wrote: “Being the Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing and working with you over the past 18 months has truly been the greatest honor and privilege of my life. During this time, we have done incredible work, in some of the most challenging times our industry has faced. Most importantly we helped the residents of our programs prepare for and respond to a virus, that disproportionately affected the people we serve.”

“NAHRO has had a strong working relationship with Assistant Secretary Kurtz,” said NAHRO CEO Adrianne Todman. “He is a thoughtful leader who cares deeply for HUD programs, our public housing and Indian housing agencies, and the people who they serve. We are grateful for his work and wish him the best.”

Mr. Kurtz was confirmed on June 20, 2019. He has spent more than 10 years in federal service. He previously served as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, and also served in the White House as the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Council of Economic Advisers.

“Assistant Secretary Kurtz’s work at HUD has enabled housing agencies all over the country to provide housing and care to their communities, particularly as they responded to the pandemic,” said NAHRO President Sunny Shaw. “He is a practitioner and I particularly appreciated his deep understanding of our agencies and of the work that we do.   He reached out to housing professionals time and again to learn more about their experiences.   On behalf of NAHRO’s members, I sincerely thank him for his leadership.”

Mr. Kurtz was also previously the Deputy Director of Detroit’s Department of Housing and Revitalization, where he managed the department’s day-to-day operations, implemented programs that helped homeowners, and oversaw reform of the department’s contract and procurement processes.