Kamala Harris Leads CA Delegation Call on Carson and HUD to Protect Mission Statement
Several California Democrats, led by Senator Kamala Harris, have called on HUD Secretary Ben Carson to not make the rumored changes to the department’s mission statement, arguing that removing the phrase “free from discrimination” could lead to a rise in housing discrimination. In a letter to Carson, Harris, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and five members of the CA House delegation including Congresswoman Barbara Lee expressed their “deep concern that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is considering changing its mission statement from one that promotes inclusion and discrimination-free communities to one that does not strive to offer the same protections. … These changes to the HUD mission statement would erase decades worth of progress and bring back an era in which people were denied housing based on the color of their skin.” They’ve given Carson and HUD until today to respond. Stay tuned. See the full letter here.