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Ben Carson: Housing will be part of Trump infrastructure bill

Washington Post reports on HUD’s secretary’s comments at NLIHC conference

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Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is back in Washington after spending some time in Dallas/Ft. Worth last week on his listening tour.

And now that he’s back in Washington, the focus is turning back to the looming cuts to HUD’s budget, announced as part of the budget proposal from the Trump administration.

The proposed $6.2 billion cut to HUD’s budget has many concerned about the number of housing programs that may be negatively affected or cut entirely, but Carson said Monday that those concerned with the proposed cuts aren’t seeing the big picture.

According to a report from the Washington Post, Carson said Monday at the National Low Income Housing Coalition conference in Washington that there is another significant source of HUD funding yet to be revealed – the Trump administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure bill.

From the Washington Post:

“The part that people are not hearing even though I’ve said it several times is that this administration considers housing a significant part of infrastructure in our country. And as such, the infrastructure bill that’s being worked on has a significant inclusion of housing in it,” Carson said at the National Low Income Housing Coalition conference in Washington.

Defending the White House’s proposed budget cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development — $6 billion would be cut, largely from operations and maintenance funds — Carson assured activists that “no one is going to be thrown out on the street.”

“There is no one — Section 811, 202 — no one is going to be thrown out on the street,” he said. “What would that accomplish? That doesn’t make any sense and is certainly not going to happen while I’m around. We do have a responsibility.”

Those sentiments somewhat echo other recent statements from Carson, who’s said previously that the proposed cuts to HUD’s budget did not come a surprise.

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Source: Washington Post

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