Ben Carson on combatting the affordable housing crisis

Channel: Fox Business
Published: 06/03/2019 03:13 PM

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson discusses how the government plans to address cost and resilience issues associated with housing. FOX Business Network (FBN) is a financial news channel delivering real-time information across all platforms that impact both Main Street and Wall...

Do we have ben carson with us? I do believe we do. Yes, we do now secretary of health and development, housing and urban development. Thank you very much. I'M getting tongue-tied doctor. Maybe you can help me out on this one. You got your innovative housing and building technology event on in dc you're with us. This morning you are showing people on the mal and the mall there in washington you're ...
howing people with technology that can extent at the withstand extreme weather. Can you tell us a bit more about it? Please yeah! Well, you know we're having a significant problem in our country right now, with affordable housing and also with resiliency and on the mallhere. We have multiple displays that address those two issues. We have a lot of innovation going on in this country a lot of entrepreneurship, i'm standing inside of a manufactured home right now. It'S a beautiful place has a livingroom area, three bedrooms, kitchen a couple of bathrooms, and yet you know the cost of this is thirty to forty percent less than a site built home. In addition to that, these are bolted down to cement foundations and tend to tolerate tornadoes hurricanes much better than site-built homes do so you both have a cost and a resiliency issue here.

These are the kinds of things that we need to be talking about to solve. Some of thesignificant problems that are going on in our society and that's one of the reasons that we're having this display. So not only the people can see this and disabuse them of the notions that manufactured housing are trailers and trailer parks and seeing what actually can happen here, we also have tiny homes. We have technology like the bullitt tunnelers they can put in the infrastructure. You know the plumbing the electricity, the sewage, without disrupting the surface topography or the other structures around it. These are mardin techniques that will help us to resolve these issues, but it requires us to move some of the many zoning barriers that are based on outdated thinking about these things. Nowthat'S the secret, isn't it i mean we could. We can always do this. We can build stuff and build it fast and build it cheaper. We are like we can do that, but unless you get rid of some of the bureaucracy, some of the endless rules and regulations you just can't get it done. That'S what you're trying to do. Isn'T it and that's correct and ended nimbyism? You know not in my backyard ism based based on thinking about the 60s and the 70s and the kinds of things that the government did that were not particularly smart.

They didn't do a lot of advanced thinking. They didn't do a lot of follow-up and support and itreally created more of a problem than it solved. Let me be clear, though: this is not government housing. This is housing built by private enterprise, but used by the government in certain situations. That'S what's going on here. Exactly exactly, and you know, we've been continuing to emphasize public-private partnerships. You know our problems in this country will be solved by a combination of federal state, local nonprofits, for-profits, faith-based organizations all working together and we're much more effective that way and we create win-win situations that way it makes all the difference in the world. Dr. ben carson. You just don't get enough publicity and that's a fact doctor, and i think you should come back on thisprogram more frequently ben carson everyone. Well, there was great brain surgeons before it became a housing guy last word two years ago. If people, if people want to talk about good stuff, we can we got a lot of that to talk about mr.

secretary. Thank you very much.

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