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Photos: Protesters outside Ben Carson’s Vaux High School visit

The HUD secretary plans to cut $6 billion in public housing funding.

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White House Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson visited Vaux Big Picture High School Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the reopening of the Sharswood public school at 23rd and Master.

Vaux reopened this fall rejuvenated by $15 million in renovations from the Philadelphia Housing Authority.

Now a member of the Big Picture Learning nonprofit, the school will take on alternative methods of learning, like end-of-semester exhibits and community internships.

“It really doesn’t matter where a person comes from, what their social, economic or ethnic stance is,” Carson said at the event. “They get a good education, they write their own ticket.”

But a block away, protests were brewing.

Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former presidential candidate, speaks at the newly reopened Vaux Big Picture High School in North Philadelphia.

Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development and former presidential candidate, speaks at the newly reopened Vaux Big Picture High School in North Philadelphia.

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Carson has proposed to cut his department’s budget by about $6 billion, or 13 percent. Public housing and housing vouchers are among the programs that would take a hit.

Protesters from the Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities gathered on 24th and Thompson —a block and several police cars away from the school.

“Today we’re here to show Ben Carson how important that affordable houses are,” said Constance Morrow, who stood among a crowd of about 20 people protesting the cuts.

Morrow, a director at the Women’s Community Revitalization Project, lives on the 2300-block of Germantown Avenue. The city has lost a fifth of its affordable housing units between 2000 and 2014, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. WCRP, among other things, develops affordable housing in the city.

“We’re all out here today because gentrification is knocking on our door,” Morrow said.

Here are some of the scenes from Carson’s visit and the protest:

The Vaux Big Picture High School sits on 23rd and Master streets; starting this fall, it is one of more than 70 nationwide schools to participate in the Big Picture Learning network.

Vaux Big Picture High School at 23rd and Master

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Jim Kenney sits in and speaks at the reopening ceremony for the Vaux Big Picture High School in North Philly.

Mayor Jim Kenney at the reopening ceremony for Vaux Big Picture High School

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Constance Morrow, a director of the Women’s Community Revitalization Project, stands among demonstrators in Sharswood Sept. 19, 2017 protesting HUD cuts.

Constance Morrow, a director at the Women’s Community Revitalization Project, stands among demonstrators in Sharswood to protest proposed cuts to public housing

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A demonstrator holds a sign reading, "public schools should not be run by private companies," during a protest in Sharswood.

A demonstrator holds a sign reading, "public schools should not be run by private companies," during a protest outside Vaux High School, which is now run by a nonprofit

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Philadelphians protested federal cuts to affordable housing programs during a visit from HUD Secretary Ben Carson on Sept. 19, 2017.

In 2016, more than 42,000 people were on the waiting list for affordable housing, according to Pew

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A demonstrator born and raised on 24th and Jefferson shares her story of losing her home shortly after the death of her daughter.

A demonstrator born and raised at 24th and Jefferson shares her story of losing her home shortly after the death of her daughter.

Angela Gervasi / Billy Penn
Demonstrators gathered Tuesday afternoon to protest Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson's proposed budget cuts.

Demonstrators gathered Tuesday afternoon to protest HUD Secretary Ben Carson's proposed budget cuts

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On the 2100 block of Master Street in Sharswood, houses are often vacant.

On the 2100-block of Master Street in Sharswood, houses are often vacant

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Philadelphia has lost 20 percent of its low-cost housing units between 2000 and 2014.

Philadelphia has lost 20 percent of its low-cost housing units between 2000 and 2014

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Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson tours the newly reopened Vaux Big Picture High School.

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson tours the newly reopened Vaux Big Picture High School.

Angela Gervasi / Billy Penn