CarsonWatch Statement on the HUD Deputy Secretary Nomination

CarsonWatch extends its congratulations to Pam Patenaude for being nominated to serve as the next Deputy Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Ms. Patenaude has a deep understanding of housing policy and has previously served noteworthy organizations like the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families, the Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission, and the Urban …

BREAKING: NYC Takes to the streets to demand #NoCuts to HUD. Arrests Made.

Today, hundreds of residents took to the streets of New York City to denounce the Trump-Carson budget and its staggering cuts to HUD.

Following last week’s actions by the Miami Workers’ Center and its allies, who confronted Secretary Carson on his “listening tour” in Miami, this massive action in New York brought a spotlight on the breadth of opposition.

The action was organized by Community Voices Heard, and its many partners in the No Cuts Coalition, and drew the support of NYC Council Members Brad Lander, Ritchie Torres, and Ben Kallos in solidarity.

CarsonWatch is pleased to provide a roundup of photos and live commentary from this powerful action:

During a civil disobedience action, arrests were made, included the Executive Director of Community Voices Heard, one of the organizers of today’s action. We’ll keep you posted on Twitter as this story develops.

Powerful posters and messaging:

Cuts to HUD will NOT make America Great Again! #NoCutsCoalition #NotInOurHouse


Young people made their voices heard:

Myth or Fact: Carson Uncovers $500 Billion in HUD Budget Fraud

By now, you are likely familiar with the latest sensational rumor surrounding the extraordinary accounting skills of US Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Dr. Ben Carson. As the story goes, not only is Secretary Carson a gifted surgeon, he is also a fantastically powerful accountant who uncovered more than $500 billion in “fraudulent” HUD record-keeping when he ordered …

CarsonWatch Featured on Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

CarsonWatch is an effort to monitor and prevent the Trump Administration, and specifically the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), from making decisions around housing that could exacerbate poverty and segregation and undermine the housing security of vulnerable, low-income Americans. Check out the full interview on Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity, featuring Guillermo Mayer of Public Advocates.

Confronting Secretary Carson Directly

We know that you are no stranger to HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s antics as he embarks on his “listening tour” around the country. CarsonWatch kept you in the know as he has fumbled his way through Detroit and Dallas. Unfortunately, it seems as though his most recent visit to Miami shaped up to be business as usual.

Secretary Ben Carson’s time in Miami last week was far less about listening to the community, and instead more about cultivating highly curated photo opps where he could meet friendly allies. When the Secretary chooses to run a “listening tour” in this fashion, countless community members and residents are consistently left out, being refused an opportunity to voice their concerns over the Secretary’s extreme policy positions and the cruel Trump-Carson proposal to slash $6 billion from HUD next year alone.

While the media was busy covering Carson getting stuck in an elevator, CarsonWatch decided to take action…

CarsonWatch supported our allies – Miami Workers Center and Right to the City, as they confronted Secretary Carson on Wednesday when he attempted to take credit for a project with which he had nothing to do – a project that is now actually imperiled as a result of his proposed budget cuts.

On Thursday our allies hosted an event outside a forum featuring Secretary Carson and then confronted him directly inside, challenging his disingenuous attempts to convince the audience that somehow six billion fewer dollars for affordable housing and community development is a good thing for Miami and communities around the country.

The Trump-Carson budget cuts will have tangible, immediate effects on millions of our neighbors around the country: by kicking people out on the street, depriving communities like Miami of seed money to attract additional investment, and even risking children’s health by slashing funds used to keep our homes clean and free of air toxins like mold.

We cannot and will not stand for such inhumane action, especially as Secretary Carson tries to cloak it with photo opps and vague promises of keeping programs “that are going very well.”

We aren’t falling for it.

Check out our Facebook and Twitter feeds for more of the action, and be sure to use the hashtag #ListenToUs to tell Ben Carson how you will be affected by these budget cuts.

PRESS RELEASE: Community organizers call out Secretary Ben Carson prior to closed-door meeting with NAACP in Miami

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday April 13, 2017 Contact:   Trenise Bryant, (786) 267-7629     Tony Romano,  (404) 593-5227   Alex Tourk, (415) 291-9501,   ***PRESS RELEASE*** Community organizers call out Secretary Ben Carson prior to closed-door meeting with NAACP in Miami   MIAMI, FL – Today, Miami Workers Center, CarsonWatch, and Right to the City are hosting a …

New Interactive Map Features Federal Rental Assistance Info

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities just released updated federal rental assistance factsheets. Click here to pull up a map and then click on your state.  You’ll find 2016 data on the number of households in your state that receive each major type of federal rental assistance from HUD and USDA; demographic information on who uses federal rental assistance; and …

Fair Housing Month: What Is At Stake?

If Secretary Carson attempts to roll back fair housing protections, we will let you know HOW TO fight back April 1st marked the beginning of Fair Housing Month, a month where we commemorate the passage of the Fair Housing Act, its deep connection to the Civil Rights Movement, and the profound ways in which it affects our communities to this …