Ben Carson’s housing agency drops pledge to end housing discrimination

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson tours a residential unit at the Hope Center in Lexington, Ky., in January. /Philip Scott Andrews for The Washington Post

Department removes from its mission statement promises to build ‘inclusive’ communities ‘free from discrimination’

By Erin McCormick | The Guardian

The U.S. housing department, helmed by the former neurosurgeon Ben Carson, has proposed a new mission statement in which the pledge to build “inclusive” communities “free from discrimination” is removed.

The proposal comes just two weeks after the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services changed its mission statement to eliminate a passage that described the U.S. as “a nation of immigrants.”

A March 5 internal memo, obtained by The Huffington Post, contained a draft of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) new, shortened mission statement, which emphasizes self-sufficiency. The author described it as “an effort to align HUD’s mission with the secretary’s priorities and that of the administration.”

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