Federal Legislative Action: Oppose Higher Rents in Public Housing

Protect Vulnerable Families and People Who Have High Medical Expenses

HUD Secretary Ben Carson has proposed raising rents for low-income renters in public housing. The proposed changes to federal subsidies would triple the rent for the poorest households. About half of the 4.7 million families receiving housing benefits would be affected. The cap on rent for the poorest families would rise to about $150 a month. That is three times higher than the existing $50 ceiling. In addition, HUD wants to scrap rules allowing deductions for medical and child-care costs when determining rent.

Carson’s proposed bill would allow public housing authorities to impose work requirements. Currently, only 15 out of 3,100 housing authorities require some sort of work or job training in return for benefits. Seniors over the age of 65 and individuals with disabilities would be exempt from rental increases for the first six years. They would also be exempt from any work requirements.

ACTION: Oppose Ben Carson’s bill to raise rent for low-income people in public housing.

Script for Calling Murray and Cantwell:

My name is ____________, and I am a member of Olympia Indivisible. I am calling to express my deep concern about HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s plan to triple rent costs for millions of our nation’s most vulnerable families. His proposal would disproportionately affect families with children and people with high medical expenses. I want my tax dollars to support my neighbors in need. I am asking Senator ____________ to oppose Ben Carson’s plan and stand up for our vulnerable citizens. Thank you.

This action is from Olympia Indivisible’s weekly Call to Action with formatting edits. Be sure to go to their website for more on the actions, upcoming events and for their latest Research Report.  Also find them on Facebook.