Shaun Donovan

  • Aired:  03/05/12
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Secretary for Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan discusses the Obama administration's approach to helping the homeless and families facing foreclosure. (5:57)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS THE UNITED

STATES SECRETARY FOR HOUSING

AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT.

PLEASE WELCOME TO THE PROGRAM

SECRETARY SEAN DONOVAN.

SIR.

( APPLAUSE )

HOW ARE YOU?

>> DOING WELL.

GOOD TO BE BACK IN NEW YORK.

>> Jon: ARE YOU FROM NEW YORK?

>> I AM, I AM, BORN AND BRED.

>> Jon: SO THE URBAN

DEVELOPMENT PART YOU ARE QUITE

FAMILIAR WITH.

>> THAT'S RIGHT.

>> Jon: THAT IS OUR BREAD AND

BUTTER SO TO SPEAK.

>> YOU GROW UP IN NEW YORK IN

THE 1970s AND YOU CARE ABOUT

URBAN DEVELOPMENT.

ARE YOU A YANKEES' FAN?

>> Jon: GET OUT OF MY SHOW.

>> COME ON.

>> Jon: AM I A YANKEE FAN?

MY FATHER GREW UP IN BROOKLYN.

I AM NOT ALLOWED TO BE A

YANKEE FAN.

I AM A METS FAN.

( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )

AND I WILL SUFFER THEIR FATE

FOR AS LONG AS THEY CAN TO

SUCK.

I WILL STAY WITH THEM UNTIL

THE END.

YOU WERE RAISED A YANKEES'

FAN?

>> I WAS.

I WAS AT THE '77 WORLD SERIES,

THE ONE....

>> Jon: I'M FAMILIAR WITH THE

'77 WORLD SERIES.

>> I WAS TRYING TO TELL AN

DEVELOPMENT STORY.

>> Jon: BRING IT ON.

THERE'S NOTHING KIDS LOVE MORE

THAN A GOOD URBAN DEVELOPMENT

STORY.

COUCHED IN WORLD SERIES

TRIVIA.

>> YOU HAVE THE CAMERA POINT

ACROSS THE OUTFIELD AND HE

SAID LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THE

BRONX IS BURNING.

DOZENS OF BUILDINGS WERE

BURNING.

IT LOST 75% OF ITS POPULATION

DURING THE 1970s.

DEVASTATION.

>> Jon: THE WHOLE CITY WAS...

I REMEMBER THE CITY.

IN THE LATE '60s EARLY '70s

THERE WAS A GANG WAR BEING

FOUGHT BETWEEN THE POLICE AND

DIFFERENT GROUPS AND HOUSING

AND THE CITY WAS BROKE.

APPARENTLY HOMELESSNESS WAS

INCREDIBLE.

AND THEN I GUESS IN THE '80s

WE FIGURED OUT WE COULD PULT

THEM SOMEWHERE.

AND THEY WOULD STILL BE

HOMELESS BUT WE WOULDN'T HAVE

TO KNOW ABOUT IT.

>> WE'RE DOING A LITTLE BETTER

THAN THAT THESE DAYS.

>> Jon: WHAT'S GOING ON?

WHAT HAVE YOU GOT PLANNED NOW?

>> THE THING WE FINALLY

FIGURED OUT IS THAT IT'S

ACTUALLY NOT ONLY BETTER FOR

PEOPLE BUT CHEAPER TO SOLVE

HOMELESSNESS THAN IT IS TO PUT

A BAND-AID ON IT BECAUSE AT

THE END OF THE DAY IT COSTS

BETWEEN SHELTERS AND EMERGENCY

ROOMS AND JAILS IT COSTS ABOUT

$40,000 A YEAR FOR A HOMELESS

PERSON TO BE ON THE STREET.

>> Jon: ISN'T SO MUCH OF IT

TIED UP ALSO IN THE MENTAL

HEALTH SYSTEM BECAUSE AN AWFUL

LOT OF PEOPLE ON THE STREET

ARE SUFFERING FROM

DISABILITIES AND ILLNESSES

THAT ARE UNTREATED?

ISN'T THAT PART OF IT AS WELL.

>> WHAT'S AMAZING PARTICULARLY

ON THAT POINT, A VETERAN IS

50% MORE LIKELY TO BE HOMELESS

THAN THE AVERAGE AMERICAN.

>> Jon: REALLY?

>> BECAUSE OF PTSD AND

EVERYTHING THEY GO TO.

ONE IN SIX HOMELESS PEOPLE IS

A VETERAN.

>> Jon: DO YOU CATEGORIZE

HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

INTO THE WORKING POOR THAT

HAVE FALLEN INTO A DIFFICULT

SITUATION AND FIND THEMSELVES

HOMELESS AND THOSE WHO NEED

MORE, I GUESS, CARE FROM MORE

PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES?

IS THAT THE SPLIT?

>> WE HAVE DIFFERENT KINDS OF

HOUSING THAT SERVES ALL

DIFFERENT POPULATIONS

DEPENDING ON WHAT THEIR NEEDS

ARE.

WHAT'S AMAZING IS THAT WE'RE

ACTUALLY EVEN IN THIS CRISIS

WE'RE MAKING REAL PROGRESS.

WE LOWERED THE NUMBER OF

VETERANS SLEEPING ON THE

STREETS LAST YEAR BY 20%.

>> Jon: THE IDEA OF VETERANS

SLEEPING ON THE STREETS IS

INCREDIBLY UPSETTING FOR ALL

THEY'VE DONE SO NOT BE ABLE TO

TAKE CARE OF THAT.

>> LOOK, EVEN IN THESE FISCAL

TIMES WE MADE A COMMITMENT TO

END VETERANS HOMELESSNESS BY

2015.

PRESIDENT OBAMA DID THAT.

WE ARE ON TRACK FOR THAT.

WE'RE GOING TO RAISE THE

AMOUNT OF MONEY WE SPEND ON

HOMELESSNESS BY ABOUT 15%

BECAUSE WE THINK WE CAN END

THE CRISIS.

>> Jon: WHAT ARE THE HOMELESS

NUMBERS IN THE CURRENT

RECESSION AND HOW MUCH IS THAT

WORKING POOR THAT HAVE SLIPPED

UNDER THAT BAR?

>> WE'VE DONE BETTER AND

BETTER WITH WHAT WE CALL

CHRONIC HOMELESSNESS.

THOSE ARE THE FOLKS WE MOSTLY

THINK ABOUT.

SINGLES LIVING ON THE STREETS.

THE SCARY THING IS THAT IN THE

CRISIS THE NUMBER OF FAMILIES

FACING HOMELESSNESS,.

>> Jon: FORECLOSURES?

>> A LOT OF FOLKS WHO ARE

LIVING IN RENTAL HOUSING WHO

GOT DISPLACED AS WELL.

THERE WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO MAKE

SOME PROGRESS.

WE ACTUALLY LOWERED.

WE HEAR ALL THESE THINGS ABOUT

THE STIMULUS BILL, RIGHT?

WE'VE SAVED ABOUT $1.2 MILLION

PEOPLE FROM HOMELESSNESS JUST

THROUGH THE RECOVERY ACT.

>> Jon: JUST THE IDEA THERE'S

1.2 MILLION PEOPLE THAT WE SAY

SDTS AND THAT'S ASTONISHING.

PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE WHAT'S

GOING ON.

WHAT IS THE NEW... YOU GOT

YOURSELF $26 BILLION IN I

GUESS REFINANCE MONEY.

WHAT IS THIS NEW SETTLEMENT

THAT CAME OUT?

$26 BILLION MORTGAGE

SETTLEMENT.

DOES THAT HELP THESE PEOPLE AS

WELL OR PEOPLE TRYING TO SAVE

THEIR OWN HOMES.

>> IT HELPS A BUNCH OF RENTERS

WHO ARE LIVING IN HOMES THAT

HAVE BEEN FORECLOSED.

YOU REPORTED ABOUT THIS.

>> Jon: I WHAT?

YOU MEAN I'VE MADE SNARKY

JOKES ABOUT THAT.

>> YOU SAID IT, NOT ME.

>> Jon: ALL RIGHT.

>> YOU REMEMBER WHEN WE HEARD

THESE STORIES ABOUT PEOPLE

LOSING THEIR HOMES BECAUSE THE

BANK WEREN'T EVEN LOOKING....

>> Jon: THEY DIDN'T HAVE THE

PAPER.

>> YOU DID A STORY ABOUT AN

ELDERLY WOMAN WHO WAS LOCKED

INTO HER HOME BECAUSE THEY

THOUGHT THEY WERE LOCKING HER

OUT OF HER HOME.

THEY CHANGED THE LOCKS.

>> Jon: THAT'S RIGHT.

>> WE WENT AND LOOKED AND

FOUND AS HIGH AS 60% OF

FORECLOSE FORECLOSURES WERE

BEING DONE WRONG.

WE WENT AFTER THE BANKS FOR IT

AND GOT $25 BILLION A FEW

WEEKS AGO.

IT'S THE SINGLE BIG OFT

SETTLEMENT IN THE HISTORY OF

THE COUNTRY BETWEEN STATES AND

FEDS.

WHAT WE'RE GOING TO GET IS

ACTUALLY WRITING DOWN PEOPLE'S

MORTGAGES TO KEEP THEM IN

THEIR HOME.

>> Jon: HERE'S THE INCREDIBLE

THING THAT YOU'RE FINDING OUT

ABOUT THESE PEOPLE FROM ME.

>> THIS IS HOW GOOD IT GOT

HERE.

>> Jon: DO YOU HAVE FIVE

MINUTES?

>> YES.

>> Jon: ON THE WEBB, SECRETARY

SEAN DONOVAN.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

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