Representative Waters Introduces Resolution Rejecting Proposed Rent Increases

In response to HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s proposal to increase rents and impose work requirements on the lowest income households, House Financial Services Committee Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) introduced H. Res. 886 on May 10 to affirm the importance of the Brooke rule. The rule, established in 1969 by Senator Edward Brooke (R-MA), ensured that households receiving federal rental assistance paid no more than 25% of their adjusted incomes for rent. The percentage was raised to 30% in 1981 and has been the standard since then. Representative Waters’ resolution rejects Dr. Carson’s proposal to increase rents on HUD-assisted households to 35% of gross incomes and “acknowledges the need for increased funding for Federal rental assistance programs in order to assist more families in need.”

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Read the statement by NLIHC and other housing advocates opposing rent increases: