Top 10 Questions for Dr. Ben Carson from NLIHC

NLIHC Encourages U.S. Senators to Question HUD Nominee Ben Carson During Confirmation Process

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Dr. Ben Carson to serve as the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) secretary.

Given HUD’s critical role as part of the federal safety net for some of America’s most vulnerable households, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) is encouraging U.S. Senators to ask Dr. Carson about his qualifications during the confirmation process and also about his knowledge of federal housing programs and their role in addressing the growing affordable housing crisis and alleviating poverty, and his priorities, if confirmed.

In a recent press statement, NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel noted that Dr. Carson’s appointment was “surprising and concerning given his lack of experience with or knowledge of the programs that he would oversee.” Dr. Carson spoke very little about housing issues on the campaign trail, other than to wrongly criticize HUD’s fair housing efforts as a “mandated social-engineering scheme.”

Dr. Carson’s responses to these questions will help illuminate his position on affordable housing issues and give Congress more insight into the direction he hopes to take the agency.

The questions for Dr. Carson are:

  1. What is the role of the federal government in ensuring that families with the lowest incomes have access to safe, decent, accessible and affordable housing?
  2. What experience do you have that makes you qualified to oversee federal housing programs?
  3. What are your top priorities for HUD, if confirmed?
  4. Will you commit to expanding resources for affordable housing in order to end homelessness and housing poverty?
  5. Will you advocate for lifting the spending caps on non-defense discretionary programs?
  6. Do you believe Congress and the administration should re-prioritize federal housing spending to focus on those with the greatest needs?
  7. Will you work to protect and expand the national Housing Trust Fund (HTF)?
  8. What is your commitment to enforcing federal fair housing laws?
  9. Will you oppose legislation to add time limits and work requirements on households with federal housing assistance?
  10. How will you advocate for federal housing programs within the administration?

The National Low Income Housing Coalition is dedicated solely to achieving socially just public policy that assures people with the lowest incomes in the United States have affordable and decent homes.