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Trump nominates a moron to be the next HUD Secretary
Ben Carson is known as a far right wing-nut who is considered to be a moron by many as a direct result of his views and past statements!
Trump nominates a moron to be the next HUD Secretary
By Lynda Carson - December 5, 2016
Oakland - To the shock and dismay of housing advocates and renters across the nation, President-elect Donald J. Trump nominated far right-wing fascist Ben Carson to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), as the next HUD Secretary.
Ben Carson is known as a far right wing-nut who is considered to be a moron by many as a direct result of his views and past statements.
Ben Carson claims that he is not qualified to run HUD. He has repeatedly spoken out against HUD’s housing assistance programs for the poor, and is totally unqualified for the position as HUD Secretary, according to Rep. Ted Lieu.
In a statement from Diane Yentil, of the National Low-income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) she said, “With so many qualified candidates to choose from with deep knowledge of, and commitment to, affordable housing solutions for the poorest families, and with the housing crisis reaching new heights across the country, Dr. Ben Carson’s nomination to serve as HUD secretary is surprising and concerning, given his lack of experience with or knowledge of the programs he would oversee.”
In an additional statement from House minority leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, she said that Ben Carson is a “disconcerting” and “disturbingly unqualified choice to lead a department as complex and consequential as Housing and Urban Development.”
Berkeley subsidized housing renter Eleanor Walden, a former Commissioner with the Berkeley Rent Stabilization Program, and former Chair of the Redwood Gardens Residential Council, said, “Ben Carson is not only uniquely unqualified, in his own opinion, to be HUD Secretary, but he has stated that the federal housing department is communist. Those of us in subsidized housing are terrified for our safety if, indeed, he becomes HUD Secretary under a Trump Administration.”
Ben Carson does not have any experience with housing issues, has never worked for a housing authority or housing agency, and has repeatedly spoken out against housing and poverty programs in the past. He has claimed that the housing assistance programs do not help the poor, and he has spoken out against anti-segregation policies of the Fair Housing Act being promoted by the Obama Administration.
In the Bay Area, according to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the Oakland Housing Authority has 13,422 federally subsidized housing units in it’s section 8 inventory, and 2,122 units in it’s low rent inventory, formerly known as public housing units.
San Francisco has 9,711 units in it’s section 8 subsidized housing inventory, and 3,756 units in it’s low rent inventory. San Francisco is in the process of privatizing more than 4,584 public housing units under the RAD program. South San Francisco has 80 units in it’s low rent inventory.
The Richmond Housing Authority has 1,851 units in it’s section 8 subsidized housing inventory, and 559 units in it’s low rent inventory.
Berkeley Housing Authority has 1,935 units in it’s section 8 subsidized housing inventory, and has sold it’s 75 public housing town homes to some out of state billionaires.
Alameda Housing Authority has 1,845 units in it’s section 8 subsidized housing inventory. The Alameda County Housing Authority has 6,341 units in it’s section 8 subsidized housing inventory, and one low rent housing development managed by the agency.
In Contra Costa County, there are 6,921 units in their section 8 subsidized housing inventory, and 1,177 low rent units.
In Marin County, there are 2,162 units in their section 8 subsidized housing inventory, and 496 low rent units.
Tens of thousands of low-income households in the Bay Area, including veterans, the chronically ill, elderly and disabled, are being placed at risk of homelessness if the Republicans have it their way, now that they are gaining full control of the House and Senate, including the White House. In recent years, it has become apparent that the Republicans want to dismantle HUD, and all of it’s subsidized housing programs.
President-elect Donald J. Trump, who recently agreed to pay $25 million to 7,000 former students of Trump University after claiming they were ripped off, who allegedly is a sexual predator, who was sued for discriminating against African-Americans at his apartment buildings, and was raised by his father who was allegedly arrested at a Ku Klux Klan brawl with the cops, has picked alleged bigot Stephen Bannon as his “chief strategist and senior counselor,” to help bring into reality the plans for his first 100 days in the White House. Known for being a racist, Trump has filed for bankruptcy on a number of occasions.
Making matters worse, now that President-elect Donald trump has nominated Ben Carson for HUD Secretary, millions of veterans, poor, elderly, disabled and the chronically ill are at risk of losing their housing as a direct result of Ben Carson’s attitude against the poor, in addition to his lack of experience to run a federal agency.
There are over 5 million households across the nation receiving assistance from HUD’s subsidized housing programs, that will be severely harmed if President-elect Trump cuts the budget of HUD’s subsidized housing programs.
Lynda Carson may be reached at tenantsrule [at] yahoo.com