The National Housing Law Project (NHLP) will hold a webinar on February 28 at 1:00 pm ET about HUD’s proposals to raise rents on residents of public housing and private housing with project-based rental assistance, as well as on residents who rely on Housing Choice Vouchers to secure affordable housing. HUD’s proposals would also give public housing agencies and private owners of HUD-assisted housing the option of imposing work requirements. These proposed benefit cuts, which would make it harder for low income families, people with disabilities, and seniors to make ends meet, comes on the heels of a $1.5 trillion tax cut for corporations and the wealthy.
HUD’s proposals would increase rents for most tenants, including a three-fold increase for the poorest residents. Imposing work requirements could force families into homelessness because of a lost job, reductions in their work hours, or an undiagnosed disability, or because they missed some paperwork in their busy lives. The proposals provide none of the resources that people actually need to secure employment, and the proposals add additional burdens on tenants that are employed or cannot work because of a disability. Imposing complex administrative burdens increases the risk of error and threatens our most vulnerable neighbors who could get lost in the shuffle. Purported to promote work, the proposals would actually push families, seniors and people with disabilities out of their homes.
The webinar will discuss the proposals, how low income tenants will be impacted, and what advocates can do to respond. More information about HUD’s proposals can be found here, as well as in NHLP’s 1-page summary here.
- Jessica Cassella, National Housing Law Project
- Don Saunders, National Legal Aid & Defender Association
- Lucy Newman, The Legal Aid Society of New York City
- Judith Goldiner, The Legal Aid Society of New York City
Register for the webinar here.