HUD's Office of Public Affairs (OPA) strives to educate and keep the American people informed about the Department's mission to sustain homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. By pursuing media outreach, OPA works to ensure homeowners, renters, and those living in subsidized housing hear directly from key officials about the Department's latest initiatives and goals. Using communications tools such as press releases, press conferences, the Internet, media interviews, New Media and community outreach, OPA provides Americans with information about housing policies and programs that are important to them.