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Ben Carson: Tripling Rent For Subsidized Housing Will Help People Escape Poverty

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According to HUD Secretary Ben Carson, America's poor will escape poverty by paying higher rents.

In defense of his decision to triple of the rent of some Americans receiving federal housing assistance, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson said the move will help low-income individuals escape poverty.

"It is our attempt to give poor people a way out of poverty," Carson told Fox News in an interview, saying the program's work requirements and rent spikes will "incentivize people" to get on their feet.

Carson’s proposal would see recipients of assistance putting 35 percent of their income toward housing costs, up from the current 30 percent, with the requirement that the money come from at least 15 hours of work at a minimum wage job.

Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.) has condemned the proposal as the “latest example of the Trump administration’s war on poor people," calling it "immoral" and "ill advised."

But Carson disagrees:

“I would say it’s just the opposite,” Carson said, saying that his plan will be well received in general, if not by the "hysterical people who are saying, 'These people hate you and they're trying to balance the budget on your back and they don't care.' "

Carson said the system is broken, and he is simply "removing all those kinds of perverse disincentives” that hinder people from raising themselves out of poverty.

I have a solution that fixes HUD. Single mother housing. It's a for-profit venture if anyone is interested. It can be started through government (local or federal) or as a new for-profit development project. Contact me if interested at andrewbb@gmail.com

Ok... so, HUD calculates how much of your rent you are responsible for as the amount that is 30% of your gross income.

Now think about what he just said. The math... it burns.

Ok... so, HUD calculates how much of your rent you are responsible for as the amount that is 30% of your gross income.

Now think about what he just said. The math... it burns.

So fuck those ppl like me who r single mothers n disabled and cant work...... trump is a worthless piece of shit...... why dont u starting takkng from the rich n stoo fucking over the poor

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