Housing Secretary Ben Carson accused Facebook on Friday of enabling illegal housing discrimination by giving landlords and developers advertising tools that made it easy to exclude people based on race, gender, zip code or religion -- or whether a potential renter has young children at home or a personal disability. The action, which comes after nearly two years of preliminary investigation, amounts to a formal legal complaint against the company and starts a process that could culminate in a federal lawsuit against Facebook. It stands accused of creating advertising targeting tools -- which classified people according to interests such as "English as Second Language" or "Disabled Parking Permit" -- that resulted in violations of the Federal Housing Act.
Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson on Monday announced plans to revamp an Obama-era fair housing rule. The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule, put into effect in 2015 under then-President Obama, requires jurisdictions that receive funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to assess fair housing and identify solutions to discriminatory barriers in housing markets. In a statement, HUD said it is accepting public comments on proposed changes to the rule in an effort to minimize housing regulations, give more control to local governments and increase the housing supply. The statement said that the AFFH rule has “proved ineffective, highly prescriptive,
LONDON (AP) — A London court has found an American political consultant who worked on Ben Carson's 2016 presidential campaign guilty of groping a fellow passenger on a trans-Atlantic flight last month.
SAN FELIPE PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — A tribal leader in New Mexico says U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson's visit to his community offered a chance to show the Trump administration official the need for funding and services. Carson toured a low-income housing development at San Felipe Pueblo, north of Albuquerque on Tuesday with tribal leaders. The Albuquerque Journal reports the tour was closed to the press. San Felipe Pueblo Gov. Anthony Ortiz says the area that the group toured doesn't have the capacity to serve the level of need for housing within his community. A spokesman for Carson says the visit marked his second to a tribal community since he became HUD secretary in 2017.
Stephanie Ruhle fact-checks the president after he touted the economy’s strong numbers on Friday and made a lot of claims about wages, job growth, trade that don’t add up.
The federal government has approved a $1.5 billion disaster recovery plan for Puerto Rico as it tries to rebuild from hurricanes Irma and Maria, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson announced Monday. The effort focuses on the restoration of damaged and destroyed homes, businesses and infrastructure. “Today, we turn an important corner in our long-term effort to rebuild hard-hit communities in Puerto Rico,” Carson said. “This is just the beginning — billions in federal disaster recovery funding will soon be put to work and help our fellow citizens in Puerto Rico rebuild their homes and their lives.” HUD allocated the $1.5 billion Feb. 1, but Monday's plan details how it will