Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson has expressed support for a plan that would enable cities to sell public housing properties to private developers.
In an interview with the Baltimore Sun
, Dr. Carson stated that he was in favor of removing the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration program’s cap that limits the sale of public housing units to 225,000. The program was put into place by the Obama Administration in 2014 and the cap’s removal is part of the White House’s budget proposal that was submitted to Congress, and Dr. Carson theorized that selling the units to private developers will help speed much-needed repairs on many of these properties.
"In order to put a dent in the tremendous need for affordable housing, we're going to have to switch to a different kind of model," Dr. Carson said. "We need to improve upon that program, maybe lift the cap that exists. Those are the kinds of models that are going to help us not to continue to create blight."