Ben Carson Wants To Triple Rent For Families On Housing Assistance

By: Kayla Pasacreta

Ben Carson, photo via  Getty Images

Ben Carson, photo via Getty Images

The year is 2018. Donald Trump is President. Ben Carson, who is known for being a neurosurgeon, is a presidential candidate flunky and now serving as the secretary for Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Yes, this is all real - welcome to 2018!

This Wednesday, HUD secretary Ben Carson is proposing tripling rent and ramping up working requirements for the 2 million low-income families on welfare. Carson is unveiling a mega proposal to reshape the way HUD assists the 4.5 million people on welfare. Additionally, the plan stresses the link toward poverty and unemployment. Carson has said he believes poverty is "a state of mind", and hopes to push people to create their own opportunities and wane off government assistance. Carson argued that the current system is not working and doesn't offer any incentive to work: "perverse incentives, including discouraging these families from earning more income and becoming self-sufficient."

According to the Washington Post,

The initiative unveiled by Carson Wednesday would raise the rent for tenants in subsidized housing to 35 percent of gross income (or 35 percent of their earnings working 15 hours a week at the federal minimum wage), up from the current standard of 30 percent of adjusted income. About half of the 4.7 million families receiving housing benefits would be affected. The cap on rent for the poorest families would rise to about $150 a month — three times higher than the existing $50 ceiling. About 712,000 households would see their monthly rents rise to $150, the officials said.

The new proposal has been approved by the House Agricultural Committee, and would require adult recipients under 60 to work part-time or enroll in a government-run training program.

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