HUD Secretary Ben Carson Met By Protesters In West Houston Community

Carson announced $5 billion in disaster recovery for Texas communities affected by Harvey

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, visited Houston Friday to discuss $5 billion in community development block grants for Houston and other communities affected by Hurricane Harvey.


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He joined Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. John Culberson, R-Houston, outside the city hall of the small city of Southside Place.

"These grants will rebuild homes, restore jobs and repair critical infrastructure, like roads, bridges, sewers and water systems," Carson said.

All four praised first responders and volunteers who helped with the rescue and recovery from Harvey.

Several dozen protesters holding signs occasionally interrupted their speeches with chants of “too little too late” and “vote him out.”

One of them was Zoe Middleton with Texas Housers, a low income housing advocacy group. She questioned why the secretary chose a community that was hardly affected by Harvey.
"If he wants to prioritize those people in recovery, he needs to see how they live and see the conditions they were left behind by the storm," Middleton said.
Carson said he wanted to acknowledge the first responders of Southside Place, who he said did "an amazing job."

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Florian Martin

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