Despite running for president, Ben Carson didn’t think he was qualified to run a specific government agency. Now he’s changed his mind. Cenk Uygur, host of The Young Turks, breaks it down. Tell us what you think in the comment section below.
"Big-city mayors and housing experts are nervous about the idea of a billionaire real estate developer in the White House. Now President-elect Donald J. Trump has picked Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon with no housing experience, as his nominee for secretary of Housing and Urban Development — and high anxiety has set in.
As The Times’s Mid-Atlantic bureau chief, I have spent a lot of time in Baltimore, Cleveland and Philadelphia, which are all run by Democrats. In those cities, and many others across the country, housing concerns are deeply intertwined with other poverty-related issues, including racial tensions with the police.
To explore how a Trump-Carson housing agenda might play out, I reached out to two Philadelphia mayors — Jim Kenney, the incumbent, and Michael Nutter, his predecessor — and two housing experts, one in Philadelphia and one here in Washington. Here are some of their thoughts:
First, a primer: What does HUD do, anyway?
Broadly speaking, HUD devotes itself to ensuring that families of low-income and modest means have access to safe homes and neighborhoods.
It runs the Federal Housing Administration, which helps people get home loans. It distributes money through the Community Development Block Grant program, a flexible source of funding used by cities for redevelopment and for rebuilding communities after natural disasters like floods and hurricanes.”*
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