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Whoopi Vs. Ben: Tempers Rage Over Proposal to Triple Low-Income Rent

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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?”…

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?

 

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5 Comments

  1. Shawn J.

    May 2, 2018 at 9:16 pm

    On the one hand, Whoopi Goldberg is right; a lot of poor people aren’t able to find housing that are affordable. On the other hand, Dr. Carson is right; there are some freeloaders who need to get up off their rear ends and get jobs! I don’t mean to sound a bit harsh about the latter, but it’s true!

  2. Jodie10

    May 2, 2018 at 3:01 am

    I am so sick and tired of judgemental people. First of all, unless carson and those who support his continued theft of the poor have lived in low income housing, especially those that are not on the list for renovation, shut the hell up! Low income housing and projects are still located in troubled neighborhoods, and near parts of the city that contribut to poor health, so if you think they are getting a bargan, think again. Black people need to keep in mind that you/they don’t receive the same funds as whites do – there are more poor white on section 8/low income housing than African Americans – that’s a fact. Why is anyone raising hell about people who are poor and have a small luxury and you don’t protest or raise hell about the rich who steal your public funds from the US Treasury and not you especially thru the new Tax Law – I bet most of you are christian or some religious entity – well seek forgiveness because your attiude is no better than trumps, carson, and his hench men/women. Until you’ve walked a mile in the shoes of a financially poor person, homeless Vets, released prisoners, shut the hell up because you speak of what you know not. Most people in public housing cannot afford a $300 % increase – your tax dollars are going to the rich – how ’bout that and you’re loving it. Wake the hell up!

  3. NBA is fixed

    May 1, 2018 at 7:19 pm

    Question to anybody who says people need to get off their butts and get a job. How can poor Americans (Especially black Americans) get off their butts and get jobs when so many jobs are being outsourced to foreign countries and children of illegal Mexicans?

  4. NBA is fixed

    May 1, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Dr. Ben Carson kisses Trump’s ass while Whoopi kissed a white man in blackface. Both of these black people are old pathetic coons! Coon is another word for modern day house slave!

  5. pamperedhousecat

    May 1, 2018 at 3:55 am

    I had a 10th grade student whose mother divorced their abusive dad and she and her brother, and little sister had to move to a Chicago project. The girl said it was like a prison, and her mother was working 2 jobs. They had to move there in October, and I remember when the child came to me in Feb. and told me they were “MOVING OUT”!! It was like Lincoln freeing the slaves! The young lady was sooo happy. But if that rent was triple, they might still be there.

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