Ben Carson: Poverty is Not a State of Mind

HUD Secretary Ben Carson Should Fight Poverty by Showing HUD Budget Cuts the Door

On May 24, 2017, Time magazine reported on U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson’s comment, “I think poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind.” Dr. Ben Carson is President Trump’s HUD Secretary.

Carson made this controversial comment in an interview on SiriusXM Radio

After making this controversial comment, Carson was interviewed on NPR on June 12, 2017, In this interview, Carson softened his original comment. Instead, he coined the term “poor in spirit.” He supports “working concepts” to help people learn valuable skills in a community center so that they can help themselves.

It is now more important than ever to let our elected officials in Washington know that New Jersey will not stand for housing cuts that threaten both affordable housing and the progress being made to end homelessness.

Please join us on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 in Washington, DC for our 2017 Congressional Reception. The theme for this event is “No Housing Cuts“. This event is a great way to for you to help share our message with New Jersey’s congressional delegation and you can register today.

Carson bases his philosophy for running HUD largely on his life story. He rose from deep poverty in the city of Baltimore to become one of the world’s best neurosurgeon.

A May 30, 2017 New York Times editorial wrote “Show HUD Budget Cuts the Door” cites Harvard University Center for Housing Studies report last year that found that “it costs taxpayers significantly less to help families find permanent housing than to take care of them in a shelter system.” This study finds that the best way to come up with homeless solutions is to solve the problem on the front end rather than the back end.

The Trump administration has proposed a budget aiming to cut the HUD budget by 15 percent. This budget cut would hurt over 5 million people who use government programs to for a safe and stable roof over their heads.

The people who will be the most affected by these proposed cuts are:

  • The elderly
  • People with mental or physical disabilities
  • Veterans
  • The working poor, who often times have children

Ben Carson was at one point among the front runners for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, but eventually suspended his campaign . He later endorsed Donald Trump for the Republican nomination. Earlier this year, Carson became the Housing and Urban Development Secretary.

Time Magazine Article

NY Times Editorial

NPR Interview

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