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Cairo, Ill., is one of the fastest depopulating communities in the nation, with abandoned buildings throughout the river town. The federal government plans to demolish two public housing projects where many of the remaining residents live. Kirk Siegler/NPR hide caption

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Carson Promises To Help Residents Of Housing Projects His Department Is Shutting Down

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson drew controversy last month when he said in a radio interview that "poverty to a large extent is also a state of mind." Chris Carlson/AP hide caption

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Housing Secretary Ben Carson Clarifies Comment That Poverty Is A 'State Of Mind'

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