COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said Wednesday he expects to release a policy agenda within the next few months that delivers “bang for the buck,” partly by encouraging more private-sector collaboration.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Carson said he expects to advance public-private partnerships, extending low-income housing tax credits and providing more opportunities for public-housing residents to get jobs at the buildings where they live.
“The biggest tools are the partnerships — public, private, nonprofit and faith community partnerships — which allow us to leverage those federal dollars, anywhere from 2, 3, 4, 5 to 20-to-1,” Carson said.
He said businesses with a financial stake in such projects are motivated to maintain the surrounding infrastructure.
“And if they’re maintaining it, we don’t have to — and then we can spend more time and effort dealing with the things that really need to be dealt with,” he said.
Carson has been traveling the country gathering input from agency field staff, local leaders and residents of public housing developments.
His three-day visit to Ohio, the tour’s fourth stop, included visits to developments in both urban and rural areas.
Carson declined to comment during a later news conference on the tax plan …read more
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