Ben Carson wants to raise rents for Americans getting federal housing subsidies

Trump administration will propose tripling the amount for the poorest homes

New York /
Apr.April 25, 2018 05:40 PM

Ben Carson (Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson hopes to increase the amount that low-income families pay in rent and make it easier for property owners to impose work requirements on people who receive federal housing subsidies.

The move would impact 4.7 million families who receive housing assistance from the federal government, and the legislation would require congressional approval, according to the Washington Post.

Tenants tend to put roughly 30 percent of their adjusted income toward rent, and this is capped at $50 a month for the poorest families. However, the Trump administration would like to set the rent contribution at 35 percent of gross income and raise the cap for the poorest families to roughly $150 a month. Roughly 712,000 households would have their rents rise to $150 under this plan.

The bill would also expand the ability of property owners and public housing agencies to establish work requirements, something that only 15 agencies in roughly 12 states currently do. HUD would like to get rid of medical and child-care cost deductions when determining rents for tenants as well.

Disabled people and people older than 65 would be exempt from these increases for the first six years and from work requirements.

Critics blasted the plan as cruel, especially given the recent tax bill the Republicans passed, but Carson told reporters it was necessary to change a broken system.

“There is one inescapable imperative driving this reform effort,” he said. “The current system isn’t working very well. Doing nothing is not an option.” [WashPost]Eddie Small


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson (Credit: Getty Images and iStock)
“Rich people are going to get richer anyway”: HUD Secretary Ben Carson dismisses concerns that Opportunity Zones will only benefit rich people
“Rich people are going to get richer anyway”: HUD Secretary Ben Carson dismisses concerns that Opportunity Zones will only benefit rich people
Sheldon Silver (Getty; iStock; Photo Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)
Supreme Court declines to hear Sheldon Silver appeal
Supreme Court declines to hear Sheldon Silver appeal
Risa Heller and Jonathan Rosen launched NY Forever earlier this week. (Risa Heller, Berlin Rosen)
Civic boosterism gets big backing from real estate
Civic boosterism gets big backing from real estate
Lewis Road Residential Planned Development (Pine Barrens, iStock)
Big golf, resi project in East Quogue approved
Big golf, resi project in East Quogue approved
From left: BSA chairwoman Margery Perlmutter, DRAW Brooklyn founder Alexandros Washburn, New York City Council Member Carlos Menchaca with renderings of the project (Photos via the City of New York, LinkedIn and Arquitectonica)
How a Red Hook developer circumvented the City Council
How a Red Hook developer circumvented the City Council
The bus terminal was built in the 1950s and designed to serve one fourth of the riders it sees today. (Getty)
Port Authority to raze, replace “hell on earth” bus terminal
Port Authority to raze, replace “hell on earth” bus terminal
Financial disclosures show extent of Trump Org losses
Financial disclosures show extent of Trump Org losses
Financial disclosures show extent of Trump Org losses
Will Catsimatidis switch parties? (Getty)
Republican or Democrat? Catsimatidis picks his poison
Republican or Democrat? Catsimatidis picks his poison
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...