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Is Anybody Home at HUD?

Alec MacGillis

Since Ben Carson's appointment to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, the department has been rudderless under a leader with no government or housing experience. Since his confirmation many top positions in the agency remain unfilled and what guidance has come from the leadership is often delayed out of negligence or a willful desire to slow initiatives down. Secretary Carson has also done nothing to preserve HUD funding for key programs in the budget process, arguing that poverty is merely a "state of mind". His family has also taken an oddly prominent role in the department's management joining publicly in many of Carson's "listening tours."