Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has unveiled a plan that would triple the rent for Americans who receive housing assistance, as well as impose work requirements for the program.
As reported by The Hill:
“Carson’s plan, proposed in the form of congressional legislation, would raise from 30 percent to 35 percent the amount of their income that Americans on housing assistance pay toward their housing. It would also require that the money be made by at least 15 hours of work at the federal minimum wage level.
That plan would cause rent payments for low-income families to rise from about an amount not exceeding $50 per month to $150 per month, The Washington Post reported.”
“The system we currently use to calculate a family’s rental assistance is broken and holds back the very people we’re supposed to be helping,” Carson said in a statement.
“HUD-assisted households are now required to surrender a long list of personal information, and any new income they earn is ‘taxed’ every year in the form of a rent increase. 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.”
A release from HUD emphasized that the increases will not apply to households “comprised of elderly persons or persons with disabilities.”
According to The Hill report, “Carson is expected to further detail his plan during a press call later Wednesday ahead of a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing on rent reform.”
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in March that Carson was looking for more “responsible” spending options going forward as HUD secretary.
“The order you referenced was canceled; they are looking for another option that is much more responsible with taxpayer dollars,” she said during her press briefing.