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Ineptitude, thy name is Ben Carson

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson speaks during a news conference after touring the Hollins House, a high rise building housing seniors and persons with disabilities, during a trip to Baltimore, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Carson highlighted the Hollins House, which has 130 one-bedroom units, as an opportunity zone where encourage investment and development in distressed communities. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson speaks during a news conference after touring the Hollins House, a high rise building housing seniors and persons with disabilities, during a trip to Baltimore, Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Carson highlighted the Hollins House, which has 130 one-bedroom units, as an opportunity zone where encourage investment and development in distressed communities. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez) (Julio Cortez/AP)

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson will be leaving his post at the end of President Donald Trump’s term without a single accomplishment. His signature initiative “Envision Centers,” one-stop shops for social services known as “centralized hubs” offering low-income residents support services that can help them “achieve self-sufficiency” never opened, having been mired in confusion and bureaucratic tangles (“U.S. Housing Secretary Carson decries Baltimore ‘animosity’ after church boots news conference from property,” July 31).

President Trump’s tweets are a cover-up for his ineptitude in addressing the national shortage of affordable housing for the lowest income people. The “Envision Centers” were a continuation of his misguided and harmful approach of blaming poor people for their poverty.

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In his time at the agency, Secretary Carson not only dialed back civil rights enforcement and suspended President Barack Obama era rules that aimed at fighting housing segregation and discrimination, he also sought to triple the minimum rent paid by families receiving federal housing assistance.

Albert Bedell, Pikesville

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