NATURAL DISASTERS/PUERTO RICO/TRUMP ADMIN: “The administration of former President Donald Trump obstructed an investigation looking into why officials withheld about $20 billion in hurricane relief for Puerto Rico following the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Maria in 2017, one of the deadliest U.S. natural disasters in over 100 years, a new report says. A Department of […]

Read More… from 4/22/2021


BIDEN PEOPLE/HUD/JOE BIDEN/VETS: “From Housing and Urban Development to Veterans Affairs — this team is where the rubber meets the road, and they’re ready to help the American people build back better. Tune in as I introduce them. https://t.co/AE4u0OYubE?amp=1″ ––Joe Biden, Twitter.com, December 11, 2020 8:54 am […]

Read More… from 12/11/2020


HOUSING/HUD/OBAMA ADMIN: “We reversed an Obama-Biden regulation that would have empowered the Department of Housing and Urban Development to abolish single-family zoning, compel the construction of high-density ‘stack and pack’ apartment buildings in residential neighborhoods, and forcibly transform neighborhoods across America so they look and feel the way far-left ideologues and technocratic bureaucrats think they […]

Read More… from 8/16/2020


CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19/HUD/NATIVE AMERICANS/TREASURY: “In addition to nearly $8 billion that Treasury provided tribal communities, @HUDgov is releasing an additional $25 million in #CARESAct funding today to respond to the CoronaVirus with improved housing, indoor air quality, and food pantry support.” ––Donald Trump, Twitter.com, July 17, 2020 10:34 am […]

Read More… from 7/17/2020


CIVIL RIGHTS/HUD/MINORITIES/RACISM/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The Department of Housing and Urban Development is proposing to significantly raise the bar for civil rights groups seeking to prove that a landlord, insurance company or lender is guilty of housing discrimination. The proposal, first revealed by Politico, would force civil rights groups to jump over five hurdles, instead of three, […]

Read More… from 8/2/2019


DEMS/HUD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “HUD Secretary Ben Carson returned to his longtime home of Baltimore on Wednesday [7-31-19] to try to defuse the uproar over President Donald Trump’s calling the city a ‘disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess’…He said he would like for Trump to visit the city, but suggested that the president feels he would […]

Read More… from 7/31/2019


DEMS/HUD/RACISM/SENATE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Senate Democrats are calling for Housing Secretary Ben Carson to justify his hiring of a former Consumer Financial Protection Bureau official who resigned this year after the disclosure of racially provocative comments he made spanning more than a decade. Last month, White House officials placed Eric Blankenstein, a former policy supervisor […]

Read More… from 7/1/2019


DEMS/HUD/REGULATIONS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Trump signed an executive order on Tuesday [6-25-19] creating a commission that will recommend ways to cut regulations that stymie new housing construction, embracing an idea shared by affordable housing advocates on the left, and even by Barack Obama. The specific regulations in the president’s sights, however, include many that will […]

Read More… from 6/26/2019


ETHICS/HUD/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson broke the law when he failed to report an order for a $31,561 dining room table set for his office as well as the installation of an $8,000 dishwasher in the office kitchen, the Government Accountability Office found in a report published Thursday [5-16-19]. Agencies are […]

Read More… from 5/16/2019


CHILDREN/HUD/IMMIGRATION/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Margarita knows what it’s like to not have a home. She bounced from shelter to shelter in New York City, just her and her two children, for nearly a decade. Although her children were born in the United States, Margarita, 48, is an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, and her status has added […]

Read More… from 5/16/2019


FEDERAL FUNDING/FLORIDA/HUD/NATURAL DISASTERS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Standing  before an enthusiastic, loyal crowd of hurricane-ravaged residents, many of whom are still dealing with the aftershock, President Donald Trump said he would do everything he legally could to get more money to the Florida Panhandle…Because Michael was reclassified as a Category 5 storm, the federal government will be able to […]

Read More… from 5/8/2019


HUD/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Faced with years of managerial failures and deteriorating living conditions in the country’s largest public housing system, the Trump administration has imposed more control on the New York City Housing Authority. A federal monitor will have oversight of NYCHA, which runs 2,417 buildings that are home to some 400,000 New Yorkers. […]

Read More… from 1/31/2019


HUD/NEW YORK/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration is announcing it will implement greater oversight at the troubled New York City Housing Authority Thursday, following a federal complaint about dangerous conditions in the housing complexes last year. A source familiar with the negotiations told POLITICO that federal Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson […]

Read More… from 1/31/2019


BEN CARSON/HUD/NOMINATION/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP PEOPLE/WOMEN: “Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Friday [9-21-18] tied the sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to a century-old plot by socialists…Carson’s mention of ‘Fabians’ likely refers to the Fabian Society, a British socialist group founded in 1884 that is now affiliated with the United Kingdom’s […]

Read More… from 9/21/2018


HUD/SOCIAL MEDIA/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Trump administration today charged Facebook Inc. with violating housing discrimination laws. The social media company allows advertisers to divert housing listings away users who mention terms such as ‘assistance dog’ and ‘mobility scooter,’ or who live in certain zip codes, in violation of the Fair Housing Act, HUD alleged. In […]

Read More… from 8/17/2018


BEN CARSON/CONGRESS/HUD/TRUMP PEOPLE: “HUD Secretary Ben Carson is backing off plans to triple the minimum rent paid by some of the country’s poorest households, citing Congress’ move to defy the administration and boost his agency’s budget. The proposal to increase the minimum rent paid by rental assistance beneficiaries is no longer ‘urgent,’ due to the […]

Read More… from 6/8/2018


HUD/SUPREME COURT/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “President Donald Trump’s administration signaled on Thursday [5-10-18] it may reverse housing anti-discrimination protections established under Democratic former President Barack Obama that exposed companies to a broad range of legal claims under federal law. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) said it will reconsider the 2013 rule issued […]

Read More… from 5/10/2018


BEN CARSON/CONGRESS/HUD/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Millions of families living in federally subsidized public housing would have to pay more for rent under a Trump administration proposal. The Department of Housing and Urban Development is asking Congress to raise the rent paid by public housing residents to 35 percent of income from the current 30 percent. The plan […]

Read More… from 4/25/2018


BEN CARSON/HUD/TRUMP PEOPLE: “HUD Secretary Ben Carson on Wednesday [4-25-18] unveiled a major overhaul of the rental-housing system, proposing to increase the share of rent that low-income households must pay without assistance and give public housing authorities the option to impose work requirements. The proposal reshaping the way HUD helps 4.5 million people meet their […]

Read More… from 4/25/2018


BEN CARSON/ETHICS/HUD: “When news broke that a $31,000 dining room set had been ordered for the office of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, the secretary’s office immediately went into crisis mode. Carson, you see, had nothing to do with such an exorbitant expenditure — which, not for nothing, HUD canceled as soon as […]

Read More… from 3/14/2018


2016 ELECTION/BEN CARSON/HUD: “Before Ben Carson accepted President Trump’s offer to become secretary of housing and urban development, a friend implored him to turn down the job to preserve the reputation he had earned as a brilliant neurosurgeon and lost, in part, as a politician. The confidant, Logan Delany Jr., who was the treasurer of […]

Read More… from 3/5/2018


BEN CARSON/ETHICS/HUD: “Ben Carson, the secretary of housing and urban development, is attempting to cancel a $31,000 order for a customized hardwood dining room table, chairs, sideboard and hutch the day after the chairman of the House Oversight Committee announced an investigation into the refurbishment of his HUD office… On Tuesday, Raffi Williams, a department […]

Read More… from 3/1/2018


BEN CARSON/ETHICS/HUD: “Department of Housing and Urban Development officials spent $31,000 on a new dining room set for Secretary Ben Carson’s office in late 2017 — just as the White House circulated its plans to slash HUD’s programs for the homeless, elderly and poor, according to federal procurement records. The purchase of the custom hardwood […]

Read More… from 2/27/2018


BEN CARSON/ETHICS/HUD/TREASURY: “A high-ranking civil servant at the Department of Housing and Urban Development claims she was demoted after raising concerns about agency spending and Secretary Ben Carson’s redecorating plans. In a sworn complaint to the Office of Special Counsel, HUD official Helen Foster said she was targeted for reprisals in part because incoming Trump […]

Read More… from 2/27/2018


BUDGET/HUD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program offers about 46 million low-income Americans both sustenance and economic choice by providing an allowance to buy the fruit, meat, fresh vegetables, soda, ice cream and kind of bread they want to eat. But on Monday [2-12-18], the Trump administration sprung a surprise: Under a proposal in […]

Read More… from 2/13/2018


BUDGET/HUD/INFRASTRUCTURE/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “The White House’s Fiscal Year 2019 budget proposal, released Monday [2-12-18], calls for work requirements for those who receive public housing subsidies and slashes funding for the Department of Housing and Urban Development by $8.8 billion. The budget outline also zeroes out the Public Housing Capital Fund, dedicated to rehabilitating and modernizing […]

Read More… from 2/13/2018


HUD/MEDIA: “A Housing and Urban Development official with strong ties to the President has apologized for calling a member of the press ‘Miss Piggy’ on Twitter Wednesday [1-24-18] night. ‘I hear #MissPiggys still on a rampage. Gee, I must’ve struck a nerve, @AprilDRyan! #BankruptBlogger,’ Lynne Patton, the HUD administrator for a region which encompasses New […]

Read More… from 1/25/2018


HUD/TAXES: “The last time that Congress approved a sweeping overhaul of the federal tax code, in 1986, it created a tax credit meant to encourage the private sector to invest in affordable housing. It has grown into a $9 billion-a-year social program that has funded the construction of some three million apartments for low-income residents. […]

Read More… from 1/18/2018


HUD/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT: “Undermining another Obama-era initiative, the Trump administration plans to delay enforcement of a federal housing rule that requires communities to address patterns of racial residential segregation. The Department of Housing and Urban Development, in a notice to be published Friday [1-5-18] in the Federal Register, says it will suspend until 2020 the […]

Read More… from 1/4/2018


BUDGET/HUD/VA/VETS: “Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin has killed a plan to shift money from a major homelessness program in response to a wave of protest from veterans’ advocates, who said the move would aggravate conditions for chronically ill and vulnerable vets. Advocates for veterans, state officials and even officials from HUD, which co-sponsors the $460 […]

Read More… from 12/7/2017


BEN CARSON/HUD: “The Trump administration is planning to raise premiums and place tighter loan limits on some borrowers in a controversial mortgage program that helps seniors supplement their incomes. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday [8-29-17] plans to announce the changes in a letter to lenders to the so-called reverse mortgage […]

Read More… from 8/29/2017


HUD/TRUMP PEOPLE: “She’s arranged tournaments at Trump golf courses, served as the liaison to the Trump family during his presidential campaign, and even arranged Eric Trump’s wedding. Now President Trump has appointed longtime loyalist Lynne Patton — who has zero housing experience and claims a law degree the school says she never earned — to […]

Read More… from 6/15/2017


CABINET/HUD/TRUMP PEOPLE/BEN CARSON: “Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is standing by his controversial comment that poverty is a ‘state of mind,’ but he says that ‘how a person thinks’ is only one component that contributes to being poor. ‘What I said is that it is a factor. A part of poverty can be […]

Read More… from 6/5/2017


CABINET/HUD/TRUMP PEOPLE/BEN CARSON: “Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said in an interview Wednesday [5-23-17] that having ‘the wrong mindset’ contributes to poverty. ‘I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind,’ the retired neurosurgeon said during an interview with SiriusXM Radio released on Wednesday evening. ‘You take somebody that […]

Read More… from 5/25/2017


BUDGET/CABINET/HUD/TRUMP PEOPLE/BEN CARSON: “Housing Secretary Ben Carson sought Thursday [3-9-17] to reassure his agency that budget cuts may not be as steep as some fear, even as housing advocates and others brace for deep reductions to public housing and anti-poverty programs. The cuts said to be under consideration, more than $6 billion, would target community […]

Read More… from 3/09/2017


CABINET/HUD/TRUMP PEOPLE/BEN CARSON: “Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson referred to slaves as ‘immigrants’ while speaking Monday to department employees. ‘That’s what America is about, a land of dreams and opportunity,’ Carson said. ‘There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But […]

Read More… from 3/6/2017


CABINET/HUD/TRUMP PEOPLE/BEN CARSON: “The Senate on Thursday [3-2-17] confirmed Ben Carson as Housing and Urban Development secretary, placing the retired neurosurgeon in charge of a vast agency with critical roles combating poverty and financing home purchases. Mr. Carson, President Donald Trump’s rival during the early stages of the Republican primaries, was confirmed by a 58-41 […]

Read More… from 3/2/2017