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HUD unveils plan to increase rent on millions receiving federal housing assistance

27 April 2018, 11:23 | Katrina Lee

Report: HUD Secretary Ben Carson considers work requirements, rent increases for federal housing subsidy recipients

Ben Carson

This plan also follows the White House's lead on curbing anti-poverty programs that direct much-needed assistance to low-income Americans. He highlighted a provision of the bill that would require housing authorities to verify a family's income every three years, rather than yearly - a change that, Carson says, would save families from a constant slog of paperwork and the federal government's annual invasion of their privacy.

The changes would first be applied to "work-able people", which officials estimate could be around 2.3 million households. "Families who come in our doors are already struggling". The increase will raise the previous standard by 5%.

"Why would you raise it up if we can't afford where we're at right now".

Ben Carson, pictured speaking at Yale University in December 2016, says his new plan will allow public housing residents to become more self-sufficient. "Today, we begin a necessary conversation about how we can provide meaningful, dignified assistance to those we serve without hurting them at the same time", he said.

A spokeswoman from the Cuyahoga County Metropolitan Housing Authority - one of the 10 largest housing authorities in the country, serving 55,000 households - said in an email Wednesday that the agency "will be looking at this more closely as more information comes out".

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

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According to The Washington Post, Carson's proposals would triple rents paid by the poorest Americans, as well as impose work requirements in return for housing benefits. "We really need some improvement there to help people get to and from work". "And then the bill also redefines what it means to be an 'elderly household, ' " possibly negatively affecting the rent status of some current residents, she added. The former neurosurgeon is worth an estimated $26 million, according to Forbes. He also raked in between $1.1 million and $6 million in book royalties, as well as millions more from serving on the corporate boards of companies such as Costco.

Currently, the value of a voucher must be 90 to 110% of the fair market rent, she said. Zillow notes that the 6,380-square-foot residence sports a swinging staircase, decorative columns, marble flooring, a butler's closet, an in-law suite, as well as a two-story great room with a wet bar.

Now rent for low-income residents is based on their adjusted income after certain expenses are taken out.

Even if you think public housing is a trap for its residents or that subsidy programs are too generous, an approach targeted at increasing costs for the very poor is not a "reform" initiative, but an expression of contempt if not hostility.

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