NAHB Urges Swift Confirmation of Carson as HUD Secretary

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At his Senate confirmation hearing Jan. 12 to be secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Dr. Ben Carson laid out his vision for housing.

NAHB was among the first groups to come out in support of Carson when he was nominated for the post by President-elect Trump last month.

2016 NAHB Chairman Ed Brady called him “a thoughtful leader who is sure to assemble a professional team of policy experts and be a great spokesman for housing.”

During yesterday’s hearing, Carson said he would take a holistic approach to the challenges facing low-income families. Specifically, he said those who need access to safe and affordable housing also need access to good health care, such as more neighborhood clinics, and better educational opportunities in their communities.

He added that he wants to work with HUD officials and travel the nation “to hear from people with boots on the ground who are administering programs to see what works and does not work.”

Asked by Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) whether HUD should continue to provide rental assistance to more than 4.5 million low-income households across the nation, Carson said, “I think the rental assistance program is essential,” adding that this type of government program should not be withdrawn until viable alternatives are provided.

On other topics, Carson said he believes “everyone should have an opportunity to own a home” and that he is “wary of overregulating.” He also said he wants to engage in public-private partnerships to reduce the cost of building and renovating affordable housing.

After the hearing, 2017 NAHB Chairman Granger MacDonald issued the following statement: “Today’s confirmation hearing demonstrated that Dr. Carson is clearly ready to take on the challenges as the next Cabinet secretary at HUD. NAHB looks forward to a quick Senate confirmation of Dr. Carson as our next HUD secretary  and to work with him and his new team to ensure that all Americans have access to the housing of their choice, whether they prefer to own or rent.”

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