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Waters Introduces Resolution in Support of the Affordability of Subsidized Housing

The resolution comes on the heels of HUD Secretary Carson’s proposal to increase rents, putting 1.7 million Americans at risk of homelessness.

Washington, DC, May 10, 2018
Tags: HUD

Following U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson’s outrageous proposal to increase rent burdens on our nation’s most vulnerable populations, Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Committee on Financial Services, introduced H.Res.886, a resolution that affirms the Brooke Rule, which ensures that families receiving federal housing assistance do not pay more than 30 percent of their adjusted income on rent, and remains a widely recognized standard for affordability of rental housing.

“For decades, the Brooke Rule has been in place so that low-income families do not have to take money from other basic needs just to pay their rent,” said Ranking Member Waters.

“Despite the current law, Secretary Carson has once again demonstrated his complete ignorance when it comes to poverty and housing. His proposal to dramatically raise rents on low-income families, including those who are elderly or disabled, is deeply cruel, and there is simply no evidence to support his claim that his proposal will increase self-sufficiency. Instead, this proposal would put millions of low-income families at risk of financial hardship, eviction, and homelessness. I am committed to fighting against any efforts to raise rents on Americans who are already struggling to make ends meet.”

To view the resolution text, click here.


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