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Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Proposed HUD Rent Increases, Cut Benefits

Jun 4, 2018
Floor Statement
(Washington, DC) — Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today issued the following statement on President Trump’s proposed budget for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD):
“I have heard from many constituents concerned about proposals to raise rents and cut housing benefits for some of our country’s most vulnerable citizens. I share their alarm. Rather than promote self-sufficiency, the Administration’s proposed HUD budget, as well as similar legislation being offered by certain Members of Congress, will make it even harder to lift struggling families out of poverty.
As the National Low Income Housing Coalition has said, this proposal would cut families off from the very housing benefits and services that make it possible for them to find and maintain jobs. In Maryland, rents will increase $890 each year for affected families, totaling $57.2 million.  That’s less money for families to spend on groceries, medications, childcare and other basic necessities. It’s also less money for education, career training and work-related transportation. This makes no sense.
HUD-subsidized households are subject to many mischaracterizations and demeaning generalizations. The truth is that the majority of Americans who live in assisted housing are elderly or disabled – and the rest work hard, often at more than one job.  I will fight these proposals and others that will exacerbate homelessness in communities like Baltimore and elsewhere around the country.”