Public Housing rent increase leads to rise in homelessness

Proposals from White House and
House of Representatives Pose Harm

Homelessness could rise as Public Housing rents increaseA 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.

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