U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson was in Long Beach today to award $1.8 million to connect public housing residents with jobs. He announced the grant during his bus tour, Driving Affordable Housing Across America.

The money will go to the L.A. County Development Authority to be used for job training to help residents — many of them single women — transition out of minimum wage jobs.

“One of the great things about the Jobs Plus program is that as people increase their income, we try to minimize the penalties,” Carson said, in reference to people losing their housing vouchers as their income rises. “As it exists now, you start climbing the ladder, the next thing you know they pull the

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