HUD Official Moves From Trump Plaza to New York Public Housing
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Regional (HUD) Administrator Lynne Patton has pledged to live in New York City's public housing for four week, moving in to the Patterson Houses in Mott Haven earlier this week.
Mother Jones is calling it a publicity stunt.
Patton announced plans to move from Trump Plaza into New York public housing in November 2018, but waited until after the government shutdown to make the move.
"Patton, who makes an annual government salary of $161,000, said the stint is aimed at getting a firsthand look at conditions in the nation’s largest public housing system," according to an article in the Real Deal.
Patton, who had no experience in housing prior to joining the Trump administration in 2017, has been a vocal critic of public housing agencies during her time in the position. The stunt also occurs a few weeks after HUD Secretary Ben Carson announced new federal oversight of NYCHA.