As my time leading HUD comes to close, I wanted to share with you my exit memo to the American People, "Housing as a Platform for Opportunity." We've accomplished a great deal together here at the Department of Opportunity, but much work lies ahead. Thank you for your continuing work to support HUD's mission to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities where a person's zip code should never determine their future. Julián Housing as a Platform for Opportunity A Memo to the American People Secretary Julián Castro Introduction Every year, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) creates opportunity for more than 30 million Americans, including more than 11.6 million children. That support ranges from assisting someone in critical need with emergency shelter for a night to helping more than 7.8 million homeowners build intergenerational wealth. Simply put, HUD provides a passport to the middle class.