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HUD To Increase Rent On Millions Receiving Federal Housing Assistance

HUD To Increase Rent On Millions Receiving Federal Housing Assistance

While Carson's new plan isn't a popular one, some say it's the right thing to do.

Under a proposal by the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, public housing residents would be required to pay 35 percent of their gross income in rent, up from the current requirement of 30 percent of adjusted income.

"The bill would actually increase rents for households that have high medical or child care expenses by eliminating income deductions for those costs".

Carson's act doesn't propose a timeline, but Congress must approve the changes before they can go into effect.

The Trump administration has long signaled through its budget proposals and leaked draft legislation that it sought to increase the rents low-income tenants pay to live in federally subsidized housing.

Commenting previous year on the Trump administration's budget proposal, Carson said in a radio interview that "poverty, to a large extent, is also a state mind".

A person or family earning $12,000 per year and paying 30 percent of it to public housing rent only has $700 remaining each month for food and medicine, he said. "That's the reason for being in subsidized housing", Callaway said. Therefore, according to his logic, making them pay more in rent will encourage them to make more money.

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York said Carson's proposal is going to hurt many families in this area. However, she says mandatory work requirements are not feasible in the city.

In an effort to reform a system that the administration describes as "broken", Carson said he aims to institute "a menu of choice rents that housing authorities and owners may implement to promote greater flexibility, local control and self-sufficiency for non-elderly, non-disabled households".

The number of public housing units has fallen by more than 350,000 since the mid-1990s, as buildings have been allowed to deteriorate and either stand idle or be demolished to make way for "mixed-use" communities with little to no affordable housing. "We're still trying to bring people to a livable wage here".

Earlier this month President Trump issued an executive order directing the secretaries of labor, commerce, HUD and five other departments to "do everything within [their] authority to empower individuals by providing opportunities for work, including by investing in Federal programs that are effective at moving people into the workforce and out of poverty".

"This is just a completely unfair increase in rent burdens on those who can least afford it", he said.

Currently, the value of a voucher must be 90 to 110% of the fair market rent, she said.

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