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Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said Thursday that President Biden owns the growing homelessness crisis in American cities.
Carson, who has led the Trump administration’s housing and poverty initiatives, told Fox News Digital that White House spending and regulatory policies have exacerbated the problem.
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“These things are the result of excessive regulation,” Carson said during an interview at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Texas. “This administration has brought a lot of regulation into the system, and nobody is really talking about it and doing anything about it.
Carson said the Biden administration’s regulatory system, along with the coronavirus stimulus bills, has driven up the cost of living. Meanwhile, inflation is at a 40-year high making affordable housing difficult for low-income Americans.
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The former housing secretary said the Biden administration should take a page from the Trump White House when it comes to the matter.
“In the previous administration, just at HUD alone, we reduced the number of regulatory hurdles by more than 2,000,” Carson said. “You can multiply that across many agencies, and that’s really been the reason the economy has recovered and is doing so well.”
Carson said that even if Biden chose not to cut red tape, his administration could still enable religious groups and charities to step in and enhance services for the homeless.
“The difference is that people develop relationships with the church [and other organizations]. “They don’t develop relationships with the government,” Carson said.
The problem of the homelessness crisis has been increasingly prevalent in urban centers of America, which has seen the emergence of tent camps in once-vibrant neighborhoods. Local city councils have responded to this problem differently.
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Some, like the city of Los Angeles, have moved to ban homeless camps near schools. Others, such as New York City, began clearing tent cities.
Meanwhile, the White House has appointed a homelessness czar to help mobilize federal agencies to tackle the crisis.