Proposals from White House and House of Representatives Pose Harm
A February 21, 2012 NYT editorial, “Keeping the Poorest in Housing,” warns of the harm that proposed minimum rent increases for federal public housing program that houses 4.5 million households across .
The current minimum rent for public housing is $50 and the White House proposed budget includes an increase to $69.45 and the House proposal includes an increase to $75. Many of these households live on less than $3,000 year, relying on other government programs such as food stamps and federal public assistance program cash payments – which are not targeted with proposed increases.
Quoting from the article:
These may seem like small amounts, until you consider households where single parents with two children might be subsisting on food stamps and about $250 in cash payments from the federal public assistance program. Many of these families are already teetering on the verge of homelessness.