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HUD to close Shreveport office


The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will close its office in downtown Shreveport as early as this fall, the department announced Wednesday.

Closure of the office, in the building at 401 Edwards Street, is part of a nationwide reduction of its Office of Field Policy and Management. HUD will retain a large office in New Orleans, as well as its Fort Worth Regional Office. 

Nationally, HUD is closing 16 of its 80 field offices this year in a move that it says will save between $110 million and $150 million over a 10-year period. The closures, which are expected to be completed in early fiscal 2014, will affect about 120 employees.

"The closure plan provides for optimal use of HUD's human capital, better results for HUD customers, and greater efficiencies for American taxpayers," says Mark Brezina, HUD's Acting Regional Administrator.  "Like families and businesses across the country, we cannot continue to operate like we did several decades ago. America has changed, communities have changed and we must change."

Other HUD offices that are closing are in Camden, N.J.; Cincinnati; Dallas; Flint, Mich.; Fresno, Calif.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; Lubbock, Texas; Orlando, Fla.; Sacramento, Calif.; San Diego; Shreveport, La.; Spokane, Wash.; Springfield, Ill.; Syracuse, N.Y.; Tampa, Fla.; and Tucson, Ariz. HUD will retain at least one office in each state. Following the closures, several affected states will still retain more than one office, including California, Texas, and New York with three offices each, and Florida and Ohio with two each.

HUD also plans to consolidate multifamily hubs and close 16 smaller offices as part of a restructuring effort.

The changes, which affect approximately 900 of HUD's 9,000 employees, are within the agency's Office of Multifamily Housing Programs and the Office of Field Policy and Management.

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