Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson is scheduled to visit Louisville on Friday, where he will promote a childhood literacy program.

Spokespersons with HUD confirmed that Carson would be in Louisville on Friday, but have not yet provided details for his visit.

According to an agenda for his visit obtained by Insider Louisville, Carson will visit Cochran Elementary School to participate in a book reading with students, then hand out books as part of an event sponsored by Book Rich Environments — a nationwide program designed to connect families living in federally subsidized housing with reading-related resources.

Book Rich Environments is a joint initiative of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, National Book Foundation, Urban Libraries Council, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and local public housing authorities.

With nearly 4 million low-income children living in HUD-assisted housing across the country, HUD states that the goal of the initiative is to improve their educational outcomes, which is “essential to improving their life trajectories and launching them towards success.”

Lisa Osanka, the director of the Louisville Metro Housing Authority, had no immediate comment on Carson’s visit.

In 2016, Louisville received a $30 million grant from HUD to transform and revitalize the Russell neighborhood, which includes razing the 758-unit Beecher Terrace public housing complex and replacing it with mixed-income housing and several initiatives to boost educational and economic opportunities. This project is underway and expected to take several more years to complete.

This story may be updated.

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Joe Sonka
Joe Sonka is a staff writer at Insider Louisville focusing on government, politics, education and public safety. He is a former news editor and staff writer at LEO Weekly and has also freelanced for The Nation and ThinkProgress. He has won first place awards from the Louisville Metro chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists in the categories of Health Reporting, Enterprise Reporting, Government/Politics, Minority/Women’s Affairs Reporting, Continuing Coverage and Best Blog. Email him at [email protected]