Carson: HUD will focus on public- and private-sector partnerships

Carson: HUD will focus on public- and private-sector partnerships
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Ben CarsonBenjamin (Ben) Solomon CarsonDemocrats veer left as Trump cements hold on Republicans Trump HUD official: 'I don't care if I'm not supposed to be tweeting during the shutdown' Top Trump official resigned over White House plan to withhold disaster-relief funds from Puerto Rico: report MORE, President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE’s secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), said in a new interview that his forthcoming agenda will promote partnerships between the public and private sectors. 

"The biggest tools are the partnerships — public, private, nonprofit and faith community partnerships — which allow us to leverage those federal dollars," Carson told The Associated Press in an interview published Wednesday. 

Carson, who was confirmed to helm HUD in early March, is currently on a tour throughout the U.S. to gather information from agency employees about public housing.

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Carson told the AP he is not worried about the possible budgets cuts HUD may face and said at a news conference that he had not seen Trump’s proposed tax plan released Wednesday and therefore could not provide comment. 

"What we're really going to be emphasizing is planning. We know when a big project is going to be done and, you know, the planning stage generally takes at least a year," said Carson. "Well, during that time you can be training people in the area, so that now you have some skills."

Carson is reportedly focused on job training as it pertains to the Section 3 program under HUD, which requires recipients of federal HUD funds to offer job training and employment opportunities to low-income residents for projects and work in their neighborhoods.

"What we're really going to be emphasizing is planning. We know when a big project is going to be done and, you know, the planning stage generally takes at least a year," said Carson. "Well, during that time you can be training people in the area, so that now you have some skills."