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  HUD Secretary Carson at Habitat for Humanity Project  CSPAN  November 26, 2017 7:49pm-8:00pm EST

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which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit] >> with a busy week ahead for congress, we will have live coverage of two significant hearings. the senate banking committee newiders a confirmation, and the focus is on the president's picked to replace tom price is the health and human services secretary. they will consider his nomination at 9:30 a.m. eastern on c-span3. online at, or listen live with the free c-span radio app. housing and urban development secretary ben carson spoke at a habitat for humanity construction site in washington
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dc, where he and other federal workers were volunteering during thanksgiving week. this is 10 minutes. corrine: good morning. i corinne mcintosh douglas, am chairman of the board of habitat for humanity of washington, d.c., or d.c. habitat. we are pleased you can join us to see what goes on behind the scenes at d.c. habitat, where we have been building homes for low to moderate income families for nearly 30 years. we are very excited to be building with a volunteer team from the department of housing and urban development. you are here with our americorps volunteers and crew leaders, d.c. habitat staff and family partners, all of whom are an integral part of our projects focused on revitalizing the district. the homes hud will help build
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are three-bedroom townhomes in ward five of northeast d.c. these homes are energy-efficient, suitable for larger families, and will provide 13 additional opportunities for homeownership in the nation's capital, where most residents, in an area of the nation's capital where most residents are renting. as thanksgiving and the holiday season approaches, it is especially important to share the dream of homeownership with our neighbors who need a safe, decent place to live. most of us will be experiencing warm celebrations of family and friends, but many of our neighbors are not as fortunate. that's why d.c. habitat is committed to providing housing where families can strive to build better futures for their children and create their own warm holiday memories for many years to come.
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we've had a long-standing relationship with hud over many years, over a number of different administrations. and now, i would like to introduce our secretary for the u.s. department of housing and urban development, dr. benjamin s. carson. secretary carson was recently keynote speaker for d.c. habitat's women build celebration in september. we are very pleased to have him back today, demonstrating hud's continued commitment to providing affordable housing for families in need. secretary carson, we know you share our philosophy about providing a hand up, not a handout, and understand the important foundation a stable home provides for families and their children. thank you for bringing your team of 15 volunteers to help build d.c. habitat homes and for being willing to volunteer yourself. please share a few remarks about
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why the experience is important to you, your organization, and the team you have brought here today. secretary carson. [applause] secretary carson: i just have some very brief things to say so we can get to work. we've got a lot of work to do. it has been a busy day today already. i was over at the national academy of sciences early today remarks, back to the office and stuff to do after this. but nothing more important than this. because this is what it is all about, finding a way to help our fellow man and to develop the people of this nation. i want to thank habitat for humanity in d.c. for the tremendous work that has been done here already. the energy that you have put into it, and for 40 years, habitat for humanity has been doing things not only here in d.c., but around the country and
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around the world. and i also want to thank our hud team for coming out. you know, they work so hard, so diligently every day, frequently behind desks, but to actually come out here and get some exercise, this is really good. and it makes you healthy, also. i'm fond of saying, if everybody ate three well-balanced meals a day, drink six to eight glasses of water, exercised regularly, got regular sleep, and didn't put harmful substances in their body, most people in medicine would be out of a job. but i think medicine is a good career because people aren't going to do that. but anyways -- >> [laughter] secretary carson: but as thanksgiving is right upon us, it is a good time for us to stop and to reflect about how grateful we are. first of all, that we live in
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this country. i have been privileged to visit 58 different countries. and some of the places, kids scratching in the dirt, looking for coins so they can buy some food. sometimes don't even know who their parents are. we are extraordinarily blessed in this country, and we're even more blessed to be able to give back to other people. the bible says it is more blessed to give than to receive. it is something we need to be thinking about, as we think about thanksgiving, we think about christmas, we think about being home for the holidays, but how many people don't have a home for the holidays? if we work together, we can give them a home for the holidays. and we can make those possibilities into a reality.
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so, thank you all for what you have done. [applause] corrine: this concludes our program. thank you for your participation and support of this vital construction project. now we will have two group photos. the first photo will be secretary carson, hud senior leadership, myself, and hud volunteers. and the second photo will be secretary carson, hud senior leadership, myself, hud volunteers, d.c. habitat staff, americorps, and volunteer crew leaders. after these photos, secretary carson, hud senior leadership, and media representatives will be escorted on a site preview and tour of the build site. we hope you enjoy the tour and the rest of your team build experience, and i hope many of you will volunteer in the future
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to come swing a hammer. thank you. [applause] [chattering] >> if you want to hop in? o n three. [laughter] >> one, two, three. 1, 2, 3. thank you. i love it. >> bring it in.
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bring it in real quick, guys. [chattering] >> one, two, three. one more on three.
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