Cuomo blasts Ben Carson's plan to raise rent on public housing tenants

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According to a HUD proposal, individuals living in government-assisted public housing could have their rents tripled in a bid to spark these tenants to become less reliant on federal aid.

Carson - who often refers to his own up-from-nothing life story as a parable for the poor and said previous year that poverty is "a state of mind" - has long called on HUD to focus on helping people get off assistance, rather than expanding the benefits it provides.

"The system we now use to calculate a family's rental assistance is broken and holds back the very people we're supposed to be helping", Carson said in a statement.

The plan, unveiled Wednesday, would raise rent to 35 percent of gross income for more than 2 million families now paying 30 percent of adjusted income for subsidized housing.

Housing authorities also could require their tenants to work a minimum number of hours, excluding those who are disabled or over 65 years old. The nationwide average annual income for public housing residents, he said, was $12,000 and many families simply won't be able to keep up with the additional expenses.

The proposal also encourages the establishment of work requirements for recipients of federal housing subsidies, part of the administration's broader effort to make the supposedly shiftless "welfare" population earn their paltry benefits. "It's not like people have these huge savings accounts", he said. HUD can not unilaterally change the rent rules.

The Robert C. Weaver Federal Building houses the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, Jan. 22, 2018.

U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson toured homeless centers and spoke at a manufactured housing convention in a trip to Las Vegas this week.

This latest move comes after the administration's proposed FY2019 budget recommends a almost 18 percent cut to HUD.

"Ninety-five per cent of the people I know on the west side of OH live in affordable housing or affordable income or apartment or projects or something", Anthony Wilder said.

In applauding President Trump's executive order last week, aimed at reducing poverty, Carson wrote in an op-ed: "Our social safety net exists to protect low-income families from poverty and hardship, and to help people get back on their feet".

He added, "We really want to level the playing field and make it much more even for everyone". At the same time, Ben Carson has wasted taxpayer dollars with lavish spending, including on an extremely expensive dining set.

That is the state of the United States today under the Trump administration, under Republican rule. The proposed legislation would require congressional approval.

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