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Anand Parekh and Dennis Shea: Here are 4 steps Ben Carson should take as HUD secretary

Housing Wire

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Past leaders of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development often embraced one or two “signature” issues to define their stewardship of the agency. Jack Kemp championed tenant management of federally assisted housing. Henry Cisneros sought to revitalize public housing through initiatives like Hope VI. Mel Martinez made reducing chronic homelessness a key priority.   

As one of America’s leading physicians, Dr. Ben Carson, President-elect Trump’s choice to serve as HUD secretary, is uniquely positioned to spearhead a national effort to better integrate health care and supportive services with housing. “Health and housing” could be one of his signature issues.

As explained by the Bipartisan Policy Center Senior Health and Housing Task Force, about 70% of those who reach 65 will eventually need help with basic activities like medication management, food preparation and bathing. Today, these “long-term services and supports,” also called LTSS, are primarily provided in the home, usually by other family members or private caregivers. With the senior ranks expanding, the home will also play an increasingly important role in the management of chronic disease.

KEYWORDS: HENRY CISNEROS, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT, BPC OP-EDS, DONALD TRUMP, BEN CARSON, ANAND PAREKH