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QUIZ: How well do you know the past HUD secretaries?

I didn’t go easy on you!
President-elect Donald Trump's selection of Ben Carson as secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development brought national attention to a department that’s long been in the shadows. But before you go speculating about the future of HUD, why don’t you give this quiz I made on the history of HUD secretaries a shot? And I didn’t go easy on y’all, so good luck!
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Here's one big roundup of reactions to Ben Carson, HUD secretary

Opinions vary greatly. Big surprise, right?
Last week, as we all waited for Ben Carson to accept Donald Trump’s initiation to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development, reactions poured in from all sides about whether HUD Secretary Ben Carson is a good idea or not. Well, now that’s officially official, reactions are no longer based on hypotheticals about Carson as a potential choice. Here’s a recap.
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The pessimist's guide to 2017 is here and it's time for everyone to panic

How bad can things really get?
[Color commentary] Yesterday, I got an email from a source who asked: “If I told you at the beginning of the year you’d be writing about Pokemon and Ben Carson leading HUD, what institution would you commit me too?” Like all other semi-casual observers of market trends, I did not reply and instead, like all fellow pessimists, I chose to panic. Good news is, we're not alone.
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Paying the rent: America’s crisis in the shadows

"These renters need help"
[Expert commentary] Officials do not worry so much about desperation-renters, extremely low-income households. After all, those renters have a roof over their heads. The roof may be in a crime-ridden neighborhood, in a substandard building, near failing schools - but it is a roof. So our political discourse, and our will, move on to more pressing issues. The Terwilliger Foundation calls it the “The Silent Housing Crisis.” Yet these renters need help.
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Is Ben Carson as HUD secretary a good idea? Reactions vary wildly

Some view Carson’s (potential) appointment as direct affront to Obama’s efforts
Well, it’s been a few days since HousingWire reported that Ben Carson intended to accept President-elect Donald Trump’s offer to serve as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, but there’s been no official word yet. Since tweeting about the job last week, Carson’s Twitter feed has been quiet. But that hasn’t stopped reactions to Carson’s (potential) appointment at HUD from pouring in from all sides.
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Is your company one of housing’s top tech innovators? Hurry up and prove it!

Deadline quickly approaching for 2017 HW TECH100
As the calendar ticks ever so much closer to 2017, the housing industry pushes ever so much further into the technological revolution, one that promises to reshape how the entire industry operates. We here at HousingWire, your loyal companions on this journey into the future, know that there are hundreds (if not thousands) of companies in the industry that are on the cutting edge of these exciting technological developments. We think everyone else should know that, too.
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