Freedom from government programs, not increased dependence on them, is the new measure of success, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Dr. Ben Carson said Monday.
In a speech at the Ferguson Library in Stamford, CT, Carson explained how the Trump Administration’s has redefined HUD’s definition of success:
“The despair of any of our families in assisted housing is our business, as well as our problem to solve, and we’re moving forward to turn the situation around.
“At HUD, we’re no longer measuring success by how many people are in a program, who are in a housing project, but by how many graduate out of that and become independent.
“That’s what makes our country strong.”
Carson said a civil society cannot be indifferent to the plight of those languishing in government programs, but must strive to help them escape those programs and become independent:
“We begin to work together, including reaching out to the insurance companies, you know, their responsibility, and we all start thinking about our responsibility. And then, you look at, you know, the people in the housing development that was so poorly managed, you know, we can’t stand around and let people live in those kinds of conditions and just turn a blind eye to it.
“You know, too often you hear (that) you should just leave things like they are, the status quo. Let tenants remain where they are, without any hope of making a successful life out of assisted housing.
“This kind of indifference can be tempting, as it’s much easier to look away from the lives of the poor. But the late Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, who I had the privilege of meeting, Nobel Prize winner, said, ‘It is troublesome to be involved in another person’s despair. For the person who is indifferent to his or her neighbors, there’s no consequence.’
“How can you build or remain a civil society based on such indifference?”