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Carson Speaks: Clarifies State of Mind Comments

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, in an interview with NPR, has attempted to clarify last month’s controversial comment that “poverty is a state of mind.” Carson has received extensive criticism from housing advocates and the media for his comment in what has been deemed insensitive in light of proposed budget cuts to the Secretary’s department. Carson defended his position by stating that while he did say that the way a person thinks is a factor in getting out of poverty, he did not say it was the only factor, or that simply wishing away poverty was enough to get a person out of it.

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Carson: Housing Funding to be Included in Infrastructure Bill

On Monday at the National Low Income Housing Coalition conference in Washington, HUD Secretary Ben Carson stated that the Trump administration will include housing funding in the infrastructure bill. Carson defended the Trump administration’s $6 billion proposed budget cuts to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, saying “no one is going to be thrown out on the street.”

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