Dr. Ben Carson

Housing and Urban Development

Mr. Trump nominated former presidential candidate and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson to serve as U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary. Mr. Carson will oversee an agency with a $47 billion budget whose mission is to promote homeownership, support community development, and increase access to affordable housing.

Read the AAAS letter to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development nominee, Dr. Ben Carson.

Why is this department important to the science community?

The Department of Homeland Security can benefit tremendously from the outcomes of scientific research and input from scientists and engineers across a range of fields. Just as biomedical research has paved the way for groundbreaking new methods for treating patients and producing healthier outcomes, social science research can provide valuable insights into race, gender, education and economic trends for individuals and families living in urban, rural, and suburban settings. Scientists also analyze the impact of local, state and federal housing policies to help guide future policy changes for the betterment of all. In the past, AAAS members have worked closely with HUD’s Office of Policy Development and Research on various projects, and many have contributed to National Academy of Sciences reports commissioned by the agency. Basing policy decisions on scientific evidence – rigorously obtained and thoroughly tested – is essential for assessing what works, what doesn’t, and what options are most likely to achieve their desired outcomes.