Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben CarsonBen CarsonRepublicans are the 21st-century Know-Nothing Party Sunday shows preview: Delta concerns prompt CDC mask update; bipartisan infrastructure bill to face challenges in Senate Government indoctrination, whether 'critical' or 'patriotic,' is wrong MORE sent a scathing letter to House Financial Services Committee Chairwoman Maxine WatersMaxine Moore WatersThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Arizona recount to show Trump's loss by even wider margin Biden criticizes treatment of Haitians as 'embarrassment' The Memo: Biden's immigration problems reach crescendo in Del Rio MORE (D-Calif.) over her criticism of President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE’s approach to combating homelessness, accusing the congresswoman of being hypocritical about the issue.
In the letter, Carson accused Waters of exuding "shamelessness" for criticizing Trump over reports about the administration's potential plans to crack down on homelessness in California, according to a copy obtained by The Hill. Politico first reported on the letter sent by Carson.
“My mother always taught me that people shouldn’t throw rocks, especially while they live in a glass house,” Carson wrote. “Because of that wise lesson, I was a little surprised to read your hostile letter to President Trump regarding the record number of homeless Americans in California, particularly in your district.”
Waters in late October sent a letter to the White House demanding answers about its reported plans to push homeless people off the streets in California. The administration has discussed tearing down existing homeless camps in areas such as Los Angeles, according to The Washington Post.
"Your shamelessness knows no bounds," Waters, whose congressional district encompasses the southern part of Los Angeles county, wrote. "From day one of your presidency, you have attacked our democracy and now you have set your ire on the 550,000 Americans who on any given night experience homelessness."
Carson shot back at Waters over the remarks, accusing her of "shamelessness" in how she has approached combatting homelessness.
"Shamelessness is a career politician of 30 years laying blame," he wrote. "Shamelessness is allowing more than 55,000 Americans to live on the very streets they represent."
Carson argued that "the most compassionate" solution to the homelessness problem would be to get as many Americans off the streets as possible. He also noted that the congresswoman had refused his multiple requests for meeting.
"Basic manners elude you and it seems that instead of producing results, you’re more interested in producing cheap headlines at the President’s expense — like a true career politician," he said.
In response, Waters said in a statement to The Hill that "Carson is like a duck out of water" and that he has been a "complete failure at HUD."
Waters has been outspoken in her criticism of the Trump administration and its policies on homelessness and housing. During a House committee hearing in October, the congresswoman claimed that the administration's "housing finance reform plan would be disastrous for our housing system."
"[The administration] has consistently pushed harmful housing policies and proposed slashing and eliminating key housing funding for those most in need," Waters said.
In his letter, Carson said that "the most important thing we can do at the federal level for housing affordability is to provide for a thriving economy where jobs are growing, wages are rising, and unemployment is failing."
"Thanks to Trump's policies, that is exactly what we have today — a booming economy," he wrote.