HUD facility in Tucson closing

Kristie Smith

HUD facility in Tucson closing

CREATED Apr. 24, 2013

SAN FRANISCO (KGUN9-TV) - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development agency in Tucson will be closing.

Regional Administrator, Ophelia Basgal said the facility in Tucson will close as early as 2014 and will be a part of realignment of staff resources to better support program delivery.

According to Basgal, HUD will close 16 of the 80 field offices nationwide and 120 employees will be effected. The moves will save administrative costs from around $110-$150 million over a 10 year period.

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

HUD retains a large office in Phoenix and San Francisco. HUD staff in Phoenix will help clients become serviced from the Tucson office to ensure quality service going forward.