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Ben Carson Wants to Triple Rent for the Poorest of the Poor

27 April 2018

"We're talking about keeping a roof over people who can't afford the market", he said, according to Fox News.

Pompeo faces pivotal vote Sean Hannity linked to shell companies that spent M on property: report MORE on Wednesday unveiled a plan that would triple the rent for Americans on housing assistance, as well as impose work requirements for the program.

Under the new plan, HUD would also do away with income deductions for medical costs and child care expenses, which Carson says will level the playing field.

Under current law, most tenants who get federal housing assistance pay 30 percent of their adjusted income toward rent, and the government kicks in the rest up to a certain amount.

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The proposal would have to be approved by Congress, where it could touch off a debate over how best to support some of the country's poorest and most vulnerable families.

Carson's Making Affordable Housing Work Act proposal comes amidst a housing crisis that is forcing millions to live in squalid and unsafe conditions and driving increasing numbers of people into homelessness. "Secretary Carson should rescind this outrageous and harmful proposal".

His rationale? Right now, poor people "don't want to make any more money", Carson said, because they don't want to pay more in rent. The plan would also eliminate income deductions that could lower the rent.

According to the Memphis Housing Authority.residents would have to pay $100-dollars more in rent.

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"We've made great efforts to make sure that disabled people and elderly people are not impacted by what is happening at this stage", he said.

HUD officials said the proposal would not impact rents paid by those now receiving federal subsidies who are 65 and older and those with disabilities, for the first six years.

The number of public housing units has fallen by more than 350,000 since the mid-1990s, as buildings have been allowed to deteriorate and either stand idle or be demolished to make way for "mixed-use" communities with little to no affordable housing. He told reporters that the current system encourages people to not work.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in March that Carson was looking for more "responsible" spending options going forward as HUD secretary.

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Cuomo, who two decades ago held Carson's job under Bill Clinton as secretary of Housing and Urban Development, also took a veiled swipe at Mayor Bill de Blasio's stewardship of the New York City Housing Authority projects, known as NYCHA. The agency now helps 4.7 million renters.

Ben Carson Wants to Triple Rent for the Poorest of the Poor