‘Uncle Sam will pay a lot more for people to live in nicer areas’
The Obama administration is changing the program through which very low-income families are paid rent subsidies at taxpayer expense so they can live in more upscale neighborhoods.
HUD Secretary Julian Castro recently confirmed the plan to raise the rent subsidies.
“Today, we embark upon a new approach to offer more choice and greater opportunity for families struggling to find a decent place to call home,” Castro said. “Moving to this approach will offer these voucher-holding families more opportunities to move into higher opportunity neighborhoods with better housing, better schools and higher paying jobs.”
The Washington watchdog Judicial Watch said the final rule change was recently announced in the Federal Register by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which “annually spends tens of billions on rent for the poor.”
It is the Housing Choice Voucher program that is being changed.
It will let beneficiaries of the taxpayer grants “choose housing in the private market,” and it will have the government pay subsidies based on local circumstances.
“Under the new rule, which goes into effect in January, fair market rents will now be calculated by zip code so Uncle Sam will pay a lot more for people to live in nicer areas,” Judicial Watch said.