Factsheet: Raising Rents and Impose Work Requirements Would Increase Homelessness

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) published a factsheet on two separate proposals from the Trump administration and Representative Dennis Ross (R-FL), both of which would raise rents on vulnerable households. CBPP’s analysis finds that these proposals to increase rents and impose work requirements would force more people currently receiving rental assistance – including families with children, people with disabilities, seniors, and other vulnerable populations – into homelessness. 

The proposed legislation from both the Trump administration and Representative Ross would raise rents on nearly all households receiving HUD rental assistance and allow public housing authorities to impose harmful and administratively burdensome work requirements. Slashing federal housing benefits would leave even more low income people without stable homes, making it harder for them to climb the economic ladder and live with dignity. Research shows that when people have stable, decent, and accessible homes they can afford, they are better able to find employment, achieve economic mobility, age in place, perform better in school, and maintain improved health. CBPP’s factsheet provides additional information on how these specific proposals would reduce the effectiveness of rental assistance for ending homelessness by leaving HUD-assisted households without enough money to cover rent and other necessities.

Read the CBPP factsheet at: bit.ly/2EpTLmq

Read NLIHC’s factsheet on the Ross proposal at: bit.ly/2OmaBr5

Read NLIHC’s factsheet on the Trump proposal at: bit.ly/2RKMVL8