Brown Statement on HUD’s Rental Assistance Proposal

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) – ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs – released the following statement on the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) housing reform proposal, which would drastically increase rental rates for some of the poorest households across America that rely on federal housing assistance.

“Secretary Carson’s proposal raises rents   for low-income families, veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities. At a time when skyrocketing housing costs have a quarter of all renters – including 400,000 households in Ohio - spending more than half of their incomes for housing, we need to do more to address America’s affordable housing needs, not less,” said Brown. “This proposal shifts costs onto struggling families, at a time when Congress just passed a $1.5 trillion tax cut that benefits the wealthiest people and corporations in America.”

In 2016, Congress unanimously adopted reforms that streamline and simplify HUD’s rental assistance programs while retaining protections for vulnerable families.  Secretary Carson and OMB Director Mulvaney have yet to implement many of these reforms and have been working on this cost-shifting plan to further harm low-income families.