|Ben Carson Confirmed as HUD Secretary
On March 2, the United States Senate confirmed Dr. Ben Carson as the 17th secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on a vote of 58-41. Later in the day, Dr. Carson was joined by his wife, Candy, and his granddaughter, Tesora, and sworn in as HUD Secretary by Vice President Mike Pence.
At the swearing-in ceremony Secretary Carson spoke about the importance of housing to the American people. “I am immensely grateful and deeply humbled to take on such an important role in service to the American people,” said Secretary Carson. “Working directly with patients and their families for many years taught me that there is a deep relationship between health and housing. I learned that it’s difficult for a child to realize their dreams if he or she doesn’t have a proper place to live, and I’ve seen firsthand how poor housing conditions can rob a person of their potential. I am excited to roll up my sleeves and to get to work.”
NAHRO and its members are ready and eager to work with Secretary Carson to strengthen our nation’s public housing infrastructure, increase flexibility of the Housing Choice Voucher program for residents and housing agencies, and maximize coordination to increase the production of affordable housing through public/private partnerships such as the Low Income Housing Tax Credit.
NAHRO has invited the Secretary to listen to the concerns of housing and redevelopment agencies as part of his countrywide listening tour that Dr. Carson listed as one of his first actions as HUD Secretary. NAHRO has also invited Secretary Carson to speak at the 2017 NAHRO Washington Conference, which will take place from March 26-28, 2017.
More information on the recommendations that NAHRO has made to HUD are available in NAHRO’s Transition 2017 document.
More information on some of the regulatory relief and reform that would the operation and delivery of affordable housing programs is available in the joint industry letter that NAHRO, PHADA, and CLPHA sent to Secretary Carson on March 2, 2017.