Washington Examiner: Ben Carson: Overhauling HUD rents ‘just as effective as building more housing’

Washington Examiner: Ben Carson: Overhauling HUD rents ‘just as effective as building more housing’
May 4, 2018 Peter
In this photo, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson speaks at an event.

Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson argues that his rent reform bill would address the shortfall of public housing assistance by getting people off rolls and into work, opening up spots for others to take. “That’s just as effective as building more housing for more people,” Carson told the Washington Examiner. In an interview Thursday, the former neurosurgeon laid out the case for the “Making Affordable Housing Work Act,” major legislation he announced last week that would overhaul the way rent is calculated for beneficiaries of federal housing benefits throughout the country. Carson defended the bill proposal from criticism, including the charge from low-income housing advocates that it would raise rents on poor families in no position to absorb any kind of financial setback.

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