Little is known about Dr. Carson’s perspective on housing issues beyond one article he wrote opposing the Obama administration’s efforts to provide states and communities with data, tools, and guidance to meet their obligations to affirmatively further fair housing under the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
On NPR, current HUD Secretary Julian Castro expressed concern that Dr. Ben Carson could undo the Fair Housing ruling.
Castro thinks, like other secretaries before him, that Carson will grow to appreciate HUD’s role once he learns more about it. Still, he’s clearly worried that the new administration could roll back some key initiatives. Carson has strongly criticized a new HUD rule to get local communities to comply with the 1968 Fair Housing Act, which is intended to reduce neighborhood segregation.
“I’d be lying if I said that I’m not concerned about the possibility of going backward, over the next four years,” Castro says.