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Why HUD Wants to Raise the Rent

A new bill is aimed at reducing long waits for federal assistance and increasing “self-sufficiency.”
Sec. Ben Carson talks to reporters at a women's shelter in Los Angeles on April 24.
Sec. Ben Carson talks to reporters at a women's shelter in Los Angeles on April 24.Jae C. Hong/AP

A new bill backed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development aims to raise rents for families who receive housing aid and set the foundation for work requirements. The proposed rent reforms will affect millions of families, setting new boundaries on aid and limits for the families who need help to pay their rent.

The Making Affordable Housing Work Act of 2018, a standalone bill that HUD introduced on Wednesday, would amend the Housing Act of 1937 to introduce new rent reforms and standards. Among other provisions, the bill raises the rent for families who receive assistance from 30 percent to 35 percent of their monthly income.