Ben Carson's housing proposal triples rent for low-income families

Ben Carson's housing proposal triples rent for low-income families

Earlier this month, the president signed an executive order directing federal agencies to issue recommendations on expanding work requirements for low-income Americans receiving Medicaid, food stamps, public housing benefits and welfare.

"Every year, it takes more money, millions of dollars more, to serve the same number of households", Carson said Wednesday on a call with reporters. The new rule effectively sets a new minimum rent of $150, three times higher than the current rate.

Seniors who no longer are considered to live in elderly households would fall under the bill's rent structure for families, and that structure "is much more draconian than the one for seniors and would allow work requirements for those households", Couch said.

Carson said the proposal would help address rising costs of providing housing assistance, which he said now helps only one in four families that qualify.

"HUD is seeking to reform decades-old rent policies that are confusing, costly and counterproductive, in that the incentives they create often fail to adequately support individuals and families receiving HUD rental assistance in increasing their earnings", the release states. Some 39 public housing agencies are now in HUD's Moving to Work program, which allows them to impose work requirements. "It's clear from a budget perspective and a human point of view that the current system is unsustainable".

Another proposed change would permit housing authorities to use up to 40% of their vouchers in a "shallow subsidy" way, according to Couch.

If the new proposal is passed, it would increase gross income paid to rent from 30 percent to 35 percent.

The proposal comes in line with the Trump administration's push to restrict federal assistance.

Critics, however, are slamming the plan by Carson and HUD which recently came under fire after reports of a $31,000 dining room set purchase by Carson and his wife.

Carson said some tenants have found loopholes into the system, so he wants to "level the playing field".

Carson's act doesn't propose a timeline, but Congress must approve the changes before they can go into effect. "These are the suggestions that we are making".

HUD Secretary Ben Carson has set forth a new proposal meant to make public housing recipients more self-sufficient.

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