HUD Secretary Carson to propose raising rent for low-income Americans

Source: Tracy Jan, Caitlin Dewey & Jeff Stein, Washington Post (Paid Registration)

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson proposed far-reaching changes to federal housing subsidies, tripling rent for the poorest households and making it easier for housing authorities to impose work requirements.

The HUD secretary said government spending on housing increases every year — without reaching the vast majority of those who qualify for aid. Only 1 in 4 eligible families receive housing benefits, he said. The rest remain on the waiting list for years and may never receive help.

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