Navigate: New HUD Secretary Must Restore Competitive Contracting

Posted on January 24, 2017


For Immediate Release:

Navigate: New HUD Secretary Must Restore Competitive Contracting
Affordable Housing Provider Urges Carson to Abide by US Supreme Court Ruling

WASHINGTON, DC (Jan. 24, 2017) – Navigate Affordable Housing Partners, a Birmingham-based affordable housing provider, today congratulated the United States Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee’s confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson as Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and expressed hope that the Secretary-elect will restore competitive contracting to the agency’s low-income housing program.

The committee approved Dr. Carson by voice vote, and his nomination now heads to the full Senate for consideration. He will replace outgoing HUD Secretary Julián Castro.

“On behalf of Navigate, I congratulate Secretary-designate Carson,” said Eric Strong, CEO of Navigate. “We are confident that as HUD Secretary Dr. Carson will support competition by ensuring that the agency issues a fair and open procurement for the Project-Based Section 8 housing program – as the US Supreme Court has instructed HUD to do. We look forward to working with HUD under Dr. Carson to provide the highest-quality service at the best price to serve both low-income tenants and the American taxpayer.”

In January 2015, the US Supreme Court sided with Navigate and eight other plaintiffs after they were forced to bring litigation against HUD for its anticompetitive practices and contracting procedures in the Project-Based Section 8 housing program. HUD, in 2012, had arbitrarily changed how it awarded contracts in the program – from a competitive procurement process, used by HUD for nearly 15 years and employed by all other federal agencies, to “cooperative agreements.” This severely restricted competition, wasted taxpayer dollars and moved the program closer to a sole-source contracting arrangement.


Navigate Affordable Housing Partners (Navigate) is a nonprofit affordable housing provider based in Birmingham, Alabama. For nearly 15 years, Navigate has provided services to assist HUD in overseeing and administering the Project-Based Section 8 housing program in states including Alabama, Mississippi, Connecticut and Virginia. 


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