by G. Brown
It was obvious from the moment that he accepted the job that HUD Secretary Ben Carson had little compassion for the poor with his comments last year that low-come housing is too cozy.
So, it really shouldn’t have surprised anyone when Carson proposed to at least triple the minimum rent the poorest pay to live in federally subsidized housing. There are almost five million families or households that rely on the assistance currently to keep a roof over their heads. Of those millions, the neediest group is single mothers. Low-income renters could see their rent increase under Carson’s proposal from $50 a month to $150 or at least $1800 annually.
According to the Washington Post, “The biggest group affected by the minimum rent increase are families with kids,” said Barbara Sard, vice president for housing policy at the CBPP and former HUD senior adviser for rental assistance. “It is the most unfair and most harmful. It’s where the dangers of eviction and homelessness are the gravest.”
The increase could mean as many as one million children from the poorest families are at risk of living on the street. The next largest group of public housing residents are seniors and people over 65 who make up 40% of renters. And when you break it down by race, 48% of renters are Black, Whites occupy 39% and about 11% are Hispanic.
The national average income for people who need public housing is about $12,000 a year. And without low-income housing, where would they live?
The proposal has angered many like”The View” host Whoopi Goldberg who asks Carson, “What the hell are you doing?”…
.@WhoopiGoldberg reacts to Ben Carson’s proposal to triple rent for low-income tenants, and shares how her own family relied on the program: “What the hell are you doing, Ben? Maybe you need to spend some time with folks in housing projects.” pic.twitter.com/1NDG48dIa2
— The View (@TheView) April 29, 2018
Whoopi says she grew up in public housing and watched as her Mom worked “her ass off” just to provide for them. Goldberg’s fiery post stoked the flames of anger in other Twitter users…
But there are others who totally agree with Carson saying not everyone in public housing is needy…
Both sides have solid arguments for or against the proposal, but who do you agree with…Whoopi that poor people can’t afford to see their rent hiked to three times as much. Or is Carson right that too much assistance from the government has led too much dependence on hand outs?