May 27, 2013
In his 2014 budget proposal, President Obama wants to allow housing authorities all over the country to kick people out of public and subsidized private housing (Section 8) after five years, even if they still qualify for assistance. Today, public housing residents can stay in their homes so long as their income is less than half the median income in their area.
The administration claims this time limit will encourage residents to become self-sufficient and allow more of the eight and a half million people on waiting lists to move into public housing. But how are public housing residents supposed to become self-sufficient when they find themselves out on the street? How are they supposed to afford more expensive housing when so many people are unemployed or under-employed?
The government should not be kicking people out of public housing, but rather building more public housing – and making more decent-paying jobs available for everyone!