The Department of Housing and Urban Development focuses on increasing homeownership and access to affordable housing to citizens of the United States. The department also supports the homeless, elderly, AIDS victims and individuals with disabilities. The Department of Housing and Urban Development is responsible for the enforcement of the nation's housing laws and promoting economic and community development. It operates the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, which serves as a resource facility for secular and faith-based nonprofit organizations that want to partner with the department. The department's office of hearings and appeals is an independent, adjudicatory section that deals in legal matters related to policies, regulations and procedures.