U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson has proposed extensive changes to federal housing subsidies, tripling rent for the poorest households and making it easier for housing authorities to impose work requirements. This action comes as the administration makes moves to reform welfare, as President Trump has released the executive order,Reducing Poverty in America and Increasing Economic Mobility, which aims to add additional work requirements to benefits and double down on eligibility and duplicity of programs. According the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), the group that will be mostly effected is single mothers, which includes approximately one million children.
Another report published by CBPP, stated that working families, the elderly, and people with disabilities would pay more than three-fourths of the total $3.2 billion increase, forcing them to divert money from other basic needs and putting some of them at risk of eviction and homelessness.
The Alliance Public Policy team is engaging in educating legislators and the administration on how important a solid foundation, or building blocks, are to achieving self-sufficiency, economic mobility, and well-being. Housing is one of these critical building blocks. As always, we invite you to inform our communications with your on-the ground experience.
Anyone wishing to contribute information or share concerns about this proposal and other welfare changes should contact Jennifer Ralston Herrera, associate director for public policy at the Alliance.
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