In Minneapolis, Housing Secretary Ben Carson last year cheered on the city council when it moved to eliminate single-family zoning — the kind of government red-tape Carson said made housing too expensive and exacerbated the homelessness crisis.



Ben Carson wearing a suit and tie: Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson speaks during a roundtable with President Donald Trump about America's seniors, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington.


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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson speaks during a roundtable with President Donald Trump about America’s seniors, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington.

Later in Atlanta to attend a housing conference, Carson said strict zoning rules drove up construction costs and made affordable housing options out of reach.

“When you look at some of the areas of the country where homelessness is the greatest, you see the greatest number of zoning restrictions,” he said, reported the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Now, in a stunning about-face, the conservative has embraced an idea recently pushed by his boss — President Donald Trump — that the federal government should

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