Pushing Against Dependence on Government—Dr. Ben Carson on Homelessness & Poverty

Brendon Fallon
By Brendon Fallon
July 20, 2021Wide Angle

“One of the things that I discovered very quickly at HUD [Housing and Urban Development] as a secretary, is that there are a lot of people on the Hill who don’t agree that people should be independent,” says Dr. Ben Carson. Policies that seemed geared toward making people more dependent on government seemed to be commonplace and difficult to change, Dr. Carson adds.

Alternatively, if people on housing subsidies weren’t forced to report an increase in income straight away and have their rent go up, they’d have more incentive to find work—a step towards independence.

Dr. Carson reflects on his time as HUD secretary under former President Donald Trump and the kinds of shifts toward independence he saw in people when government policy supported this. This includes, for example, providing housing and employment for certain people with birth defects like Down syndrome under the public-private partnerships that HUD’s opportunity zones facilitated.

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