Questioning Ben Carson as HUD Secretary? Here’s the Silver Lining for Housing


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President-elect Donald Trump selects Ben Carson as HUD secretary

Ben Carson as HUD secretary… I’m guessing it’s a title you didn’t expect to hear connected to the former GOP presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon.

And although it sounds like an outlandish idea to most Americans, there’s a silver lining.

The speculation ended early Monday morning when HousingWire confirmed, from sources close to the appointment, Carson would officially accept the role of United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

So what does Carson know about housing to make him qualified for the role?

This question keeps cropping up when people hear the news, and while I don’t have answer to it, I can say HousingWire will stay on top of the news as it unfolds (As we proved here and here.) One thing I do know for sure is that Ben Carson brought housing to the forefront of the conversation, a change that is needed and often asked for. In the run-up to the election, HousingWire continuously noted that presidential candidates never discussed housing despite the need for it.

This isn’t anything new though. Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros noted in an interview with HousingWire that housing is never a main topic during the election despite it being a universal good, meaning everybody needs to have a place to live. Ben Carson holds the potential to change this. Ben Carson recently became a household name given his rise to prominence in the run-up to the election.

Not to demean current HUD Secretary Julián Castro, but how many people outside of the housing bubble actually know who he is Castro currently has 137K followers on Twitter, compared to Carson, who has a whopping 2.43 million.

Before Carson accepted the position, rumors swirled about the possibility of Pam Patenaude, who currently serves as the president of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families, and Robert Woodson, who runs the Center for Neighborhood Enterprise in Washington, D.C., taking the position of potential HUD secretaries under Trump.

Both of them put Carson’s list of qualifications to shame, but unfortunately, if either of them were selected for the position, it’s likely that the news would barely make headlines then fade away.

Carson, on the other hand, captivated the media’s attention due his lack of experience in housing. Even Donald Trump went about this nomination in an unusual fashion, alluding to selecting Carson as head of HUD in a tweet.

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