OPPOSE HUD PROPOSAL TO INCREASE RENT FOR SUBSIDIZED HOUSING
In the wake of congressional Republicans’ massive tax giveaway to the rich, the Trump administration is pursuing draconian cuts to benefits for low-income Americans. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson has proposed a series of policy changes that increase rents for government-subsidized housing up to 300%, eliminate rent deductions for medical and childcare costs, and allow public housing authorities to impose work requirements.
While people over 65 and people with disabilities would be exempt from these changes, about half of the 4.7 million families receiving housing benefits could see their rents increase. People who are sick and people with children would be disproportionately harmed because of the elimination of the medical and childcare deductions from rent calculations. Further, HUD’s proposed rules about work requirements include no exemptions for those unable to work because they are caring for children. Work requirements would also create expensive administrative burdens for agencies that choose to impose them while misrepresenting the employment status of federal housing recipients. The National Low Income Housing Coalition estimates that merely 6% of those receiving housing aid are able to work but not employed. Housing advocates also note that work requirements have historically failed to generate significant improvements in long-term earnings or employment rates.
The United States is currently experiencing a housing affordability crisis. The solution to this crisis is not to penalize vulnerable people receiving housing assistance, and Congress must reject HUD’s proposed changes to federal housing aid.
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Paul D. Ryan R-WI
Hi, my name is [NAME], and I'm a constituent from Kenosha.
I'm calling to urge Rep. Paul D. Ryan to reject HUD's proposed changes to federal housing aid. Removing credits for childcare and medical costs while imposing work requirements and increasing rents will disproportionately harm people who are sick and people who have children. Congress needs to be finding ways to provide more affordable housing to Americans, not less.
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