Ben Carson has officially been awarded the title of the 17th secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development after a majority Senate vote of 58-41 and will begin immediately serving his term with the housing agency.
Securing one of the few remaining cabinet members left to be approved, Carson’s inaugural first day is scant more than a month after President Donald Trump was sworn into office – and the industry is hankering to get things off to a rapid fire start. Since housing is one of Trump’s stated priorities, the urgency to solidify the position for Carson carries additional importance. Said Trump at the time of his nomination, “I am thrilled to nominate Dr. Ben Carson as our next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Ben Carson has a brilliant mind and is passionate about strengthening communities and families within those communities.”
President and CEO of the Mortgage Bankers Association, David Stevens, welcomed the announcement, remarking, “MBA applauds the full Senate for confirming Dr. Carson as the next HUD Secretary. His commitment to bolster America’s real estate markets and assist communities nationwide will serve him well in his new role. MBA looks forward to working with the secretary and his team at HUD to ensure that families all across our country have access to safe, decent and affordable housing.”
Further support resounded from National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association President and CEO Peter Bell as well as National Association of Realtors President William Brown, each professing sentiments of partnership and collaboration in Carson’s efforts to bring about much needed HUD reforms.
Meanwhile, housing groups and coalitions, including the National Fair Housing Alliance, made reference to the road ahead and urged the new HUD Secretary to be ever mindful of the challenges facing the nation’s housing industry.
National Community Reinvestment Coalition President and CEO John Taylor followed suit in congratulating HUD Secretary Carson and then added, “There is much work to be done. It is critical that [Carson] build on the agency’s work to affirmatively further fair housing, prevent homelessness, increase homeownership opportunities through the Federal Housing Administration, ensure strong enforcement of the nation’s fair housing laws, and ensure that the nation’s housing programs are adequately funded so that all Americans have access to safe, affordable housing.”