Last week, the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announce plans for an affordable housing bus tour. HUD Secretary Ben Carson says the Driving Affordable Housing Across America tour will start in Louisville, Kentucky Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
“In our efforts to alleviate the unnecessary regulatory barriers to housing construction and development, it’s important that we get out into local communities and hear directly from our fellow citizens who are grappling with rising housing prices and learn more about best practices to address them,” said Secretary Carson. “Families, businesses and all levels of government have concerns about the rising cost of housing, and this is an opportunity to bring those parties to the table for a discussion about how we can work together to fix the problem.”
According to the HUD news release on the initiative, Carson is the Chair of the White House Council on Eliminating Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing. Eight Federal agencies make up the Council which is engaging state, local and Tribal stakeholders “on ways to increase the housing supply so more Americans have access to affordable housing.”
It’s important that we get out into local communities and hear directly from our fellow citizens who are grappling with rising housing prices and learn more about best practices to address them…
HUD Secretary Ben Carson
An Executive Order by President Donald Trump established the Council because the demand for affordable housing has outpaced demand. HUD cites “outdated and overly burdensome.. costly regulatory requirements” not only for the lack of housing supply but also for the rise of cost “shifted to the consumer.”
As of this writing, the list of stops on the tour was not available on the dedicated webpage, but eventually, you’ll be able to see if the bus tour will stop in your city.