By Associated Press - Thursday, January 21, 2021

DETROIT (AP) - A member of Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan’s team who worked in housing, planning and development and helped spearhead neighborhood revitalization has been appointed to the administration of President Joe Biden.

Arthur Jemison took the oath of office Wednesday as principal deputy assistant secretary in the Office of Community Planning & Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Duggan’s office said Thursday.

The Office of Community Planning & Development oversees more than $8 billion in federal block grant funding to cities and states for community development projects and disaster response.

“Detroit is quickly becoming a city where local, state and federal leaders nationally look to find talent, and Arthur has earned this incredible opportunity,” Duggan said Thursday in a release. “Much of the redevelopment we are seeing in neighborhoods across the city are a direct result of his hard work, vision and leadership.”

In December, Biden announced that Democratic Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge was his nominee as housing secretary.

Tuesday was Jemison’s last day as group executive for Housing, Planning and Development in Detroit. He began working with the city of Detroit in 2014. During his tenure, the city said more than 1,000 units of affordable housing were preserved in Detroit.

Another 2,800 units of market and affordable housing were completed or began construction and more than $50 million in new grants and loans were raised for affordable housing.

Detroit Housing & Revitalization Director Donald Rencher will replace Jemison as group executive.

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