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Housing Associations Support Carson at HUD, Some Housing Experts Don’t

NAA is among at least seven housing associations that support Dr. Ben Carson, who has been nominated at U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary through correspondence sent to Sen. Michael Crapo (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, and Sen Sherrod Brown (D, Ohio), the ranking Democratic member of the committee.

In the letter, NAA congratulates Dr. Carson on his selection and states that it and NMHC are looking forward to working with President-Elect Donald Trump and his nominee [Carson].

But while ubiquitous among associations, support for Carson as HUD secretary is not universal, especially among housing experts, Boston Agent Magazine reports.

“As brilliant as folks have said that Dr. Carson is from a neurosurgery standpoint, creating fair housing, promoting economic development and having people living in prospering communities is a little different than operating on somebody’s brain,” said Michael Nutter, a Columbia University urban affairs professor and former Philadelphia Mayor, to The New York Times. “I do not know how that translates into being HUD secretary”

Nutter’s comments were voiced in an open petition sent to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Development, which carried the signatures of hundreds of industry professionals.