A plan being pushed by Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson would raise the rent for low-income Americans on federal housing assistance by an average of 20 percent in metropolitan areas around the country, according to a new study obtained by The Associated Press.
The analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) found that rent for low-income tenants in the nation’s 100 largest cities would increase by an average of 20 percent under Carson’s plan, which Carson claims will create a path out of poverty for poorer Americans.
The Hill notes that the rent hike is estimated to be on average six times greater than the average growth in hourly wages, meaning “that thousands of Americans could find themselves at risk of homelessness under the plan.”
“I saw public housing as an option to get on my feet, to pay 30 percent of my income and get myself out of debt and eventually become a homeowner,” said one Charleston, S.C. resident who would see her rent jump from $403 to $600. “But this would put us in a homeless state.”
According to HUD estimates, about 4 million Americans would be affected by Carson’s plan, 2 million immediately and another 2 million over the next few years.
“It’s our attempt to give poor people a way out of poverty,” Carson told Fox News.
CBPP senior policy analyst Will Fischer said that there was “no evidence” to support Carson’s belief that higher rents cause lower-income Americans to work more.