Carson Proposed Tripling Rent For Subsidized Housing To Help Struggling Families

According to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, America's poor will escape poverty by paying triple their current rent.

In defense of his decision to triple of the rent of some Americans receiving federal housing assistance, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said the move will help low-income individuals escape poverty.

Via The Hill:

"It is our attempt to give poor people a way out of poverty," Carson told Fox News in an interview, saying the program's work requirements and rent spikes will "incentivize people" to get on their feet.

Carson’s proposal would see recipients of assistance putting 35 percent of their income toward housing costs, up from the current 30 percent, with the requirement that the money come from at least 15 hours of work at a minimum wage job.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) has condemned the proposal as the “latest example of the Trump administration’s war on poor people," calling it "immoral" and "ill advised."

But Carson disagrees:

“I would say it’s just the opposite,” Carson said, saying that his plan will be well received in general, if not by the "hysterical people who are saying, 'These people hate you and they're trying to balance the budget on your back and they don't care.' "

Carson said the system is broken, and he is simply "removing all those kinds of perverse disincentives” that hinder people from raising themselves out of poverty.

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WilliamXXXIV
WilliamXXXIV

Carson is an imbecile working for the Mother of all Imbeciles. This is blatantly intentional, and it is just BS'd to put some lofty face on an inevitable disaster.

Dawn Davis
Dawn Davis

Dumb idea how going to eat

Dawn Davis
Dawn Davis

Bad idea black man

Stayway
Stayway

I expect if this passes all will receive fair and liveable wage increases, finally. Remind the idiot that $7.25 is outrageous.

Ron1157
Ron1157

Hey JACKASS Carson. Is that what helped you escape poverty? How soon we forget

sortofeven8811
sortofeven8811

Whatever happened to the 'surgeon's' brain. He has become an assclown and a joke in charge of a system he once used to succeed. He now wants to deny that help to others. He is anathema and needs to lose his post.

bohemiotx
bohemiotx

This article is from early May; maybe Carson failed. Let's hope so. What if you're on SSDI & HUD? If you work too much, you'll start losing the medicine that keeps you alive.