Halt Proposed HUD Changes That Would Harm Veterans, Children, Seniors and the Disabled

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Paul Ryan and the Republicans are planning to hold a vote to reformulate HUD funding in a way that will reduce income and increase rent for millions of Veterans, seniors, families with children, and people with disabilities.

This bill would eliminate deductions for crucial medical and childcare expenses that allow many to be able to afford even HUD subsidized housing. For poor families, costs would potentially increase by 10 times more that they pay currently.

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, HUD officials said.

 

"Impact of HUD’s Rent Reform, “Make Affordable Housing Work Again..."

  1. Moves rent structure to 30% of gross income (or a $50 minimum rent, whichever is greater). Eliminates all deductions, including deductions for high medical expenses...
  2. Impacts the newly assisted the first day after enactment. No “hold harmless” for newly assisted. Owners would have to maintain two sets of rent-setting rules.
  3. Redefines “elderly” to bring 62 – 65-year-olds into the even higher rent schemes proposed by the bill as well as the work requirements the bill would establish for non-seniors and non-persons with disabilities. HUD’s redefinition of “elderly household” would mean that everyone in the household (except a caregiver) would have to be  at least 65. Redefinition of elderly is for rent setting, interim income recertifications, and work requirement purposes, not for program eligibility.
  4. Families would be disproportionately impacted. Of the 8.3 million people affected, more than 3 million are children. *

This would apply to all HUD programs, which serve 10.5M households...."And the fate of millions will come down to just one or two votes that will send people into the streets, leading to increased evictions, higher medical costs and an increase of homelessness overall.

We cannot let this bill pass.

We the people must band together and condemn the Republicans poised to pass this heartless bill threatening our veterans, seniors, children, the disabled and so many other vulnerable citizens. We the people must mobilize now to stop them, and we do not have a second to spare. We the people must let congress know that this action is not the will of the people, and that we need to increase funding to cover more people in these programs not less.

Let your voice be heard.
Take action and register your opposition to this bill by singing this petition. 

 

 Links:

https://www.npr.org/2018/02/13/585255697/white-house-budget-calls-for-deep-cuts-to-hud

https://www.npr.org/2018/04/25/605900171/hud-unveils-plan-to-increase-rent-on-millions-receiving-federal-housing-assistan

*Sources: 
LeadingAge.org
NYTimes
 

 



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