Ben Carson has proven to be one of the most deplorable secretaries of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in our country’s history. However, in the Trump administration, the worse job you do, the more you are rewarded. Therefore, Carson will now be in charge of the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA), CBS News reported.
God help those residents.
Carson met with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio Thursday.
“The families who have endured unimaginably poor housing conditions deserve better from their housing authority,” Carson said. “Today we are presenting NYCHA residents with bold new solutions for decades-old problems.”
De Blasio responded positively to the news.
“What we have done here today creates a strong path forward, a tangible path forward,” the mayor said. “It will change and improve the lives of public housing residents. We wanted to make sure there would be results.”
CBS News reported: “As part of the agreement, New York City will commit at least $2.2 billion in funding over the next 10 years to address the housing authority issues. HUD will continue to provide funding to NYCHA, estimated to be $1.5 billion this year.”
A federal monitor will be hired as part of the deal.
“Now they want a monitor? NYCHA already has monitors — its residents who have suffered from decades of disinvestment,” New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said. “They’re the parents who sought help when their child got lead poisoning. The grandmother who has to huddle near a stove when it’s colder inside her apartment than outside. And the family dealing with health issues because of rampant mold in their home.”
He continued, “The time for talk and political stunts is over. Cut the long overdue check from the federal government to fully fund the needed repairs, listen to the real NYCHA monitors, put a plan in place, and get to work.”
Back in December, the New York Daily News reported almost the entire city congressional delegation were fighting “against placing the city’s troubled Housing Authority into federal receivership.”
Rep. Nydia Velazquez, D-Brooklyn, wrote in a letter, “Although there’s no easy answer here, the one thing that should be a nonstarter is a Trump takeover of NYCHA, which could lead to the selling of assets and tenant displacement without any local input.”
She continued, “Certainly, additional resources are needed from all levels of government — including federal, state and local — as is a comprehensive review of NYCHA operations and personnel. But, we can’t enable a situation that results in the Trump administration essentially holding a fire sale of NYCHA assets.”
Carson has been feuding with NYCHA since he was appointed secretary. The former doctor has been upset with funding going to NYCHA.
“We don’t want to do it that way, but they forced us into doing it that way until they become more responsible,” he told the Wall Street Journal in April.
In case you forgot, here are just some of Carson failures: He was accused of demoting an employee for not approving extravagant office renovations, including a $31,000 dining room set. There are accusations his family was too involved at HUD, emails proving he has lied and even reports of Carson using taxpayer money for private planes. In addition, there were Obama-era policies that would help people out of poverty, which he ended.
Prayers up for the people living in New York City Housing Authority.