“Carson was nominated to run HUD in December,
despite having pulled his name from the running for a position in the Trump administration, citing his lack of government experience. After backtracking and deciding he would be open to a position, he appeared on Fox News and explained that his experience living in an urban environment qualified him for a spot leading the country’s housing policy.
“I know that I grew up in the inner city and have spent a lot of time there, have dealt with a lot of patients from that area, and recognize that we cannot have a strong nation if we have weak inner cities,” Carson told Fox News host Neil Cavuto in November.
Fair and affordable housing advocates swiftly sounded the alarms on Carson’s nomination.
“While the impact of a Carson-run department are difficult to predict, given his lack of experience in housing, planning, or government, Mr. Carson’s on-record statements have made clear his support for rolling back significant housing protections and policies,” Amie Fishman, executive director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, said in a statement. She pointed to Carson’s opposition to the Fair Housing Act, and added that, “We cannot and will not support such action.”
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