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Don’t read too much into Trump’s proposed cuts to HUD funding, Carson says

$1.5M grant used to build complex that Carson toured would be eliminated under Trump's budget
April 14, 2017 03:10PM

Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, developer Jorge Perez and HUD Secretary Ben Carson during Carson’s visit to Miami (Credit: Getty Images)

On his two-day tour of Miami, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson advised against reading too much into the president’s proposed budget – especially cuts to housing and development funds. 

“What you need to concentrate on is: The parts of these programs that are functioning well — and that are maintaining people — are going to be preserved,” Carson said during a press conference at Hialeah’s Hoffman Gardens low-income townhouse development, the Miami Herald reported. “There may be a different nomenclature. We may not call it the same thing…We are clearly going to maintain these programs that are going very well.”

Carson toured the Villa Aurora apartments on Thursday, a $28 million apartment complex that includes dozens of units for the homeless and dozens more for low-income residents. Carrfour Supportive Housing completed the building in 2009 with mostly federal funding, including $1.5 million from the HOME program, a $950 million national program that would be cut under Donald Trump’s proposed budget.

Under his budget, the HUD’s Community Development Block Grant program would also end, eliminating about $4 million a year in Miami, the Herald reported. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, a Republican, said that Congress, not the president, will determine what happens to HOME.

“If I didn’t support the HOME funding,” Diaz-Balart said, according to the Herald, “it wouldn’t be in my bill.”

Carson also toured Liberty Square complex and Alonzo Mourning’s Courtside Family Apartments, where he briefly got stuck in an elevator.  [Miami Herald] – Katherine Kallergis