Henry Cisneros

(Henry Gabriel Cisneros)

Henry Cisneros
Henry Cisneros
  • Born: June 11, 1947
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician









Henry Gabriel Cisneros is an American politician and businessman. He served as the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, from 1981 to 1989, the second Latino mayor of a major American city and the city's first since 1842 (when Juan Seguín was forced out of office). A Democrat, Cisneros served as the 10th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in the administration of President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 1997. As HUD Secretary, Cisneros was credited with initiating the revitalization of many public housing developments and with formulating policies that contributed to achieving the nation's highest ever rate of home ownership. In his role as the President's chief representative to the cities, Cisneros personally worked in more than two hundred cities spread over all fifty states. Cisneros' decision to leave the HUD position and not serve a second term was overshadowed by controversy involving payments to his former mistress.

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About one third of the people who are on the streets are mentally ill. Housing
I am sorry that as leader of the community, San Antonio and my name go together. But I guess human beings just aren't made of plastic and wiring and metal. They are made of flesh and blood and feelings. Families, Children & Parenting
I started to walk the halls of HUD. I went into every office and every cubicle. I met a lot of people. I soon realized that they all realized that they were staying and I was going. It’s just that none of us knew when. Bureaucracy
If our society is to address social issues, it will be done at the local level or not at all. Miscellaneous
In time of political difficulty or economic difficulty the tendency is to lash our at some group. Discrimination & Prejudice
is like trying to drive a car at night without headlights. Management & Managing Government
It's not enough to keep people in a static condition. We've got to give them lift. Welfare
Leaders glare at each other across the chasm of misunderstanding. Negotiating & Negotiations
Sometimes we have an objective reality that tells you you shouldn’t do what you want to do. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
The more the President cares about things, the more the other people in the government will attend to them. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
There is no greater priority for the department whose name begins with 'housing' than dealing with houselessness .... We can do better than 1 million people sleeping in the streets. Housing
There isn't a lot of room for people who are thin skinned in this business. Detriments & Qualifications ;Public Office: Benefits
We are creating a generation that is losing hope, and when people don't have hope then they have nothing to lose. And when people have nothing to lose it's a short step to rob or loot or riot or burn or even kill. Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
We can either allow our youth to shoot baskets or watch them shoot people. Families, Children & Parenting
Americans are a can-do people, an enthusiastic people, a problem-solving people. And when given a direction and given a plan, they'll sign on.
As Secretary of Housing, I do have to express alarm, signal the alarm if you will, that the potential for homelessness to grow is there.
I don't think we have any time to waste. Time
I was a little lacking in vision as mayor - I failed to understand the significance that housing and the revitalization of housing means for a city.
The cancer doesn't bother me. I have great faith that the technology will beat it. Religion & God ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The hurricane complicates things in that what would have been purely a business decision becomes a decision of the heart. Business, Commerce & Finance
We can either allow our youth to shoot baskets or watch them continue to shoot people.