Secretary Carson: Who Are You Listening To?

Paging Dr. Carson, Affordable Housing Is On The Line. During his January confirmation hearing, Ben Carson promised Congress and the American public that he would kick off his role as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development with a listening tour, learning from the beneficiaries of HUD programs, engaging with housing experts, and preparing to lead this critical department. Less than …

That Time I Almost Agreed with Trump’s Housing Secretary

By Guillermo Mayer, President & CEO of Public Advocates I wasn’t prepared last week when I found myself nodding in agreement with the new Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary, Ben Carson.   Secretary Carson had been visiting Detroit for the first stop on a national listening tour. He had stopped for lunch at Louisiana Creole Gumbo, a beloved and …

The Trump-Carson housing budget will push more Americans out on the street

By Guillermo Mayer, President & CEO, Public Advocates Like so many, I am outraged by President Trump’s unconscionable budget outline. At a time when millions of families are caught in a historic housing affordability crisis, the Trump-Carson budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) proposes $6.2 billion in cuts to vital programs that help everyday families have a …

Trump’s HUD budget cuts 42-year-old community assistance program

Republicans and Democrats alike have cut ribbons at community centers, neighborhood rehabilitation projects and affordable housing developments — and for the past 42 years those initiatives have been supported by the Community Development Block Grant Program. Now, President Donald Trump wants to wipe out the program, according to the budget proposal released Thursday by the Office of Management and Budget. …

Donald Trump is going to cut Meals on Wheels to pay for Mexican border wall

Community projects like Meals on Wheels and housing assistance are set to lose out on all of their government funding if Donald Trump’s budget blueprint for the coming fiscal year is passed by politicians.  The president’s proposals include the complete elimination of the $3 billion Community Development Block Grant program, which funds those programs along with other community assistance efforts. The …

CarsonWatch Will Protect our Housing and Civil Rights Until Ben Carson Proves He Can

health care for millions of Americans

By Guillermo Mayer, President and CEO, Public Advocates  Trump’s ties to Russia, his new Muslim travel ban, and congressional health care proposals have dominated the news over the last couple of weeks, but an equally grave threat to the everyday lives of millions of Americans emerged with relatively little notice: the confirmation of Dr. Ben Carson as President Trump’s housing …

Why CarsonWatch isn’t Celebrating the FY17 Budget Deal

Friends,   This week, Congress will avoid a disastrous government shutdown with an agreed upon budget compromise that will continue federal funding through the end of September. The spending agreement marks the only meaningful bipartisan piece of legislation passed during the Trump Administration to date.   There are both big and small victories scattered throughout the negotiated budget agreement worth …