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Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said Thursday that President Biden owns the burgeoning homeless crisis in America’s cities.
Carson, who led the Trump administration’s Housing and Poverty Initiative, told Fox News Digital that White House spending and regulatory policies have exacerbated the problem.
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“These things are due to over-regulation,” Carson said in an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Texas. , no one is talking about it or acting on it.
Carson said the Biden administration’s regulatory regime, combined with the coronavirus stimulus bill, has pushed up the cost of living. It became difficult to put in
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The former housing secretary said the Biden administration should take a lesson from Trump’s White House when it comes to the topic.
“In the previous administration, the HUD alone reduced the number of regulatory hazards by more than 2,000,” said Carson. “We’ve doubled it in a lot of institutions. That’s why the economy really picked up and worked.”
Carson said even if Biden chooses not to cut bureaucracy, his administration can empower religious groups and charities to step in and step up services for the homeless.
“The difference is that people have a relationship with the church. [and other organizations]”They have no relationship with the government,” Carson said.
The problem of the homeless crisis is becoming more and more prevalent in America’s urban areas, with tent camps popping up in once-bustling neighborhoods. Local governments have had mixed responses to the issue.
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Some cities, like Los Angeles, are moving to ban homeless camps near schools. Other cities, like New York City, have begun to dismantle their tent cities.
Meanwhile, the White House has appointed a Homeless Rep to help mobilize federal agencies to deal with the crisis.