Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson got stuck – literally – in an affordable housing development in Miami on Wednesday.
Carson was stuck in an elevator on his way down from the rooftop of Alonzo Mourning’s Courtside Family Apartments in Overtown, according to multiple news outlets. Mourning, whose nonprofit AM Affordable Housing co-developed the complex with HTG, waited anxiously in the lobby as Miami-Dade fire rescue pried the doors open, the Miami Herald reported.
The HUD secretary is on a two-day visit to Miami, which was scheduled to begin with a tour of the $22.8 million facility. Mourning was about 15 minutes late, so Miami-Dade County’s public housing director started without him.
From Overtown, Carson went to Collins Park Apartments in Allapattah. As he was led into an elevator at Collins Park, he asked, “Do we have the key?,” according to the Herald.
Carson, who was confirmed by the Senate in March, has no housing experience and a long track record of criticizing government assistance programs, but some housing groups have focused on Carson’s positive comments on public housing, such as his praise for the low-income housing tax credit program (LIHTC).