Dr. Ben Carson Sworn in as New HUD Chief
On March 2, 2017, Dr. Ben S. Carson, Sr., was sworn in as the 17th HUD Secretary, leading a cabinet agency with approximately 8,000 employees and an annual budget totaling more than $40 billion.
"I am immensely grateful and deeply humbled to take on such an important role in service to the American people," Carson said in a statement. "Working directly with patients and their families for many years taught me that there is a deep relationship between health and housing. I learned that it's difficult for a child to realize their dreams if he or she doesn't have a proper place to live, and I've seen firsthand how poor housing conditions can rob a person of their potential. I am excited to roll up my sleeves and to get to work."
Among his first actions in his new role, Secretary Carson plans an ambitious listening tour of select communities and HUD field offices around the country, beginning in his native Detroit.