Ben Carson planning largest rent hike in history for those on housing assistance- Plus more (Details)

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On Wednesday, Ben Carson, the Housing and Urban Development Secretary, proposed a plan that would triple rent for Americans on housing assistance. His plan would also impose work requirements.

Previously, tenants would pay 30% of their income toward their rent but Carson’s plan would raise it to 35%. This proposal could raise the rent for low-income families three times higher than the current minimum, from a $50 a month cap to $150 a month cap.

The plan would also require tenants to work at least 15 hours at the federal minimum wage level.

According to HUD officials, the proposal could affect about 175,000 families who are currently paying the minimum rent.

In a statement, Carson insisted, “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.”

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He continued, “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.”

Under Carson’s plan, for the first six years, seniors over 65 would be exempt from the rent increases and the work requirements.

However, the proposal is receiving a lot of criticism as critics point out that it comes so close to the proposal of the Republican tax cuts that disproportionally benefitted the wealthy.

Critics note that the proposal comes as there were reports of excessive spending by Carson and his wife on furniture and dining ware.

Carson’s plan also comes just days after it was revealed that Ben Carson was involved in a scandal with Sean Hannity. where Hannity was given funding from HUD.

There is expected to be a press call on Wednesday where Carson will further explain his proposal.


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