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June 13, 2013

WASHINGTON – Nearly 300 public housing authorities in 36 states and the District of Columbia plan to host free events to connect fathers and their children this weekend. For the third consecutive year public housing authorities across the country are gearing up to participate in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Father’s Day Initiative. Modeled after a 2010 New York City Housing campaign and following President Obama’s lead in starting a national discussion on responsible fatherhood, the initiative aims to strengthen the bond between children and their fathers, who are often absent from the lives of their children who live in public housing, and also connect fathers to economic, health and education resources. (see local participants)

“I applaud the agencies, families and fathers that support this initiative each year,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan, a father of two. “We know impact that hardworking parents have on their children’s lives and the challenges families can face without committed fathers. As the president says, our children need us to be present and to give them our best, no matter what is going on our lives. That’s what we are asking fathers and families to do this Father’s Day and we are happy to have partners from agencies around the country joining us to do that.”

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