Ben Carson talks up public housing during Detroit visit

Posted at 5:04 AM, Mar 16, 2017

DETROIT (AP) — Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is in Detroit to launch what he says is a national listening tour to hear from people who rely on and support public housing.

On the first day of a three-day visit to his hometown Wednesday, Carson visited a Detroit public high school named for him. There he spoke of the need to find new ways to provide secure housing to low-income Americans.

Carson told a group of students and parents of Dr. Ben Carson High School of Science and Medicine that it’s not just a matter of putting a roof over people’s heads. He said the social problems in many public housing projects call for solutions that include providing job training for freed prison inmates and then a clear path to employment.