Regan Pifer reports that Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson isn’t backing down from a controversial statement he made last month.
And what was that? After overseeing HUD for three months, Carson categorized poverty as “a state of mind.”
He expanded by explaining, “I’m not saying that everybody who’s in poverty has a bad state of mind…What I’m saying is when you develop the right kind of thinking — you approach things differently. Attitude helps tremendously.”
According to CBS News, Carson’s ideas for HUD include pushing for:
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programs that he says promote self-sufficiency among the poor.
Carson also said the department is considering “vision/opportunity centers” in neighborhoods that “teach people what opportunities exist.” Carson also wants to expand child care and mentorship programs, all while cutting costs.
“That’s the way we break these cycles [of poverty], we don’t just keep throwing money at it,” Carson said.
H/T: Daily Info