Jun 24, 2013
Rent could go up $100 a month for as many as 30,000 low-income renters in the Washington, D.C. area. Another 2,000 people could lose their subsidized housing vouchers. In New York City, the budget cuts are expected to mean 8,000 poor families cannot get housing vouchers to pay subsidized rent.
These cuts result from the national attacks on public services imposed by the so-called “sequester” after the budget debates in Washington, D.C. Here the politicians really show what the debates were all about: making the population pay.
In the case of housing, they slashed one billion dollars from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, money used everywhere in the U.S. to help low-income workers pay rent.
The poorest people in the U.S. will be kicked out of their homes so that the politicians continue to pay off the banks. What’s wrong with this picture?