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Top U.S. housing official avoids conflicts as she tours Baltimore

Top U.S. housing official avoids conflicts as she tours Baltimore

The nation’s second most powerful housing official toured Baltimore this week and left with a good impression of a city that her boss, U.S. Housing Secretary Ben Carson, once called home and where her husband’s employer happens to have done housing business.

Pamela Hughes Patenaude, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, arrived Monday to meet with her Baltimore staff, tour Port Covington and visit an East Baltimore rowhouse that the Green & Healthy Homes Initiative cleared of lead.

“They take a holistic approach to making a home healthy,” said Patenaude, after meeting the couple whose 2-year-old benefited from the lead abatement in the...

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