The Secretary’s entourage and his security detail came by at 7 a.m. today. Herds of the 1200+ attendees of the conference mingled around the doors of the ballroom for a half hour to get a peek of the Secretary. The day began in a VERY exciting way!
And just after 8 a.m. – Secretary Shaun Donovan himself.
His remarks were inspiring and thoughtful: an emphasis on creating more affordable housing, the relationship between health care reform and the homeless, a persistent theme of the moral responsibility of our country to care for the least among us. The necessity of cooperation between the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Secretary Kathleen Sebelius’s Department of Health and Human Services in providing services + housing for the homeless. It was everything that the audience needed to hear: a federal promise to keep investing in preventing and ending homelessness.
It’s no wonder he got a standing ovation.
We’ll be posting the Secretary’s remarks shortly, keep an eye out on our blog and website. But for the time being, a few pics.
Next up – in under an hour! – new White House Director of Urban Affairs Policy: Adolfo Carrion.