His remarks, which focused on a new generation of housing policy, discussed five central elements of an emerging national policy, including:
- The restoration of sanity, transparency, and fundamentals to mortgage finance and the process of home buying and homeownership;
- A return to balance in housing policy, with attention and leadership and resources dedicated to making rental housing affordable in safe, quality communities;
- The use of housing policy to advance communities of choice—where families can live close to decent schools, quality retail and decent amenities;
- The positioning of housing as a vehicle for energy efficiency at the building scale and sustainable, transit friendly growth at the metropolitan scale; and
- The renewal and transformation of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) itself—to both lead and support the national response.
To learn more about Katz' remarks, please read his prepared Keynote Speech.