WASHINGTON – The Trump government has proposed legislation that could triple the rents for the poorest tenants in state-subsidized housing to redefine housing subsidies as a temporary benefit rather than a permanent refuge for millions of poor people
Legislation, sponsored by Trump's conservative budget director Mick Mulvaney, and helped by Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, also allowed local governments to make work demands on tenants in public housing
The plan would also increase rents for older people and raise disabled people after six years, officials said.
But the new rules would hit the poorest residents hardest, with minimal monthly rents in public housing developments and for recipients of coupons under Section 8, who would rise from $ 50 to $ 1
The increases would be in the Next seven years to affect about 712,000 families l years, said HUD officials. Rent increases would be gradually introduced to tenants based on their income and other provisions that could effectively limit the time some tenants could stay in state-funded housing.
"Every year it takes more money, millions of dollars more to serve the same number of households," Mr Carson told reporters Wednesday in a conference call. "From a budgetary point of view and from a human perspective, it is clear that the current system is not sustainable."
The proposal, which aimed to streamline the agency and reduce the deficit, should begin the conversation and should not be considered final, Carson said.
The lawyers of the Democrats and the congressional Democrats immediately condemned it. "What pretends to be a hand is really a foot in the back," said Shamus Roller, the executive director of the National Housing Law Project.
On Wednesday, when Mr. Carson promoted the plan, the department officials confirmed that it would likely be replaced by a somewhat withdrawn series of rent increases and work request proposals that house republicans plan to unveil next month. And the new plan has little chance of being passed in the Senate, where moderate Republicans like Senator Susan Collins from Maine are likely to turn them down.
The proposed cuts also seem to be running behind the scenes of Mr. Carson's efforts to prevent the comprehensive cuts proposed in Mr. Trump's first budget. Mr Carson told his friends this year that he would resign if the President did not return the proposed cuts in programs for the disabled and elderly proposed by Mr Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget and the most powerful advocate of the small government Mr. Trump's ruling circle
Mr. Mulvaney has promoted the new HUD rules and similar work rules in Medicaid and food aid programs.
They are to shift the debate on security network programs higher by redefining "welfare" to cover programs beyond direct cash support, such as housing money, which was long considered to be quasi-claims, several government officials said.
Mr. Trump, adjutants said, refers to almost every program that offers benefits to the poor as a welfare, a term he considers pejorative. Historically, social assistance has been defined as a direct bargaining aid for the poor, programs that have been steadily shrinking in the 1990s since the bipartisan welfare overhaul.
Proponents of poor people say that rent is rising, which seems low for those living above poverty. This line will bring great difficulties for families struggling in areas with scarce jobs and obstacles to higher incomes.
"It's part of a larger attack on the entire social safety net – with the proposal to eliminate limited benefits Just months after the massive tax relief for millionaires and billionaires, the amount of cruel hypocrisy for health care, food and housing from the struggling families, "said Diane Yentel, president and chairwoman of the National Low Income Housing Coalition in Washington Advocacy Group
" This proposal would inflict unimaginable hardships on Americans, putting their lives on the brink of financial instability and significant in the Driving down the risk of homelessness and hunger in children and vulnerable populations, "said Joseph Crowley, a Democrat from New York, who serves as chairman of the House Democratic Group Committee.