Crapo to join HUD's Carson at event on affordable housing

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WASHINGTON — Housing and Urban Development Department Secretary Ben Carson will discuss affordable housing challenges in Idaho Monday.

Carson was invited by Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, to speak about the shortage of affordable homes for lower-income Americans.

"Housing affordability is a critical issue in Idaho and all across the country," a press release from Crapo's office said. "Nationwide, there is a shortage of millions of affordable rental homes available to lower-income Americans, and the gap between the demand for affordable homes and the supply of new ones being built increases each year."

The event, hosted at the indieDwell Factory in Caldwell, Idaho, will take place during the August congressional recess.

Carson has come under fire from Democrats for recent decisions made at HUD. He suspended the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, and he announced a plan that would evict families with mixed immigration status from public housing.

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