Thousands Of Low-Income Families Could Be Facing Eviction

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Kate Brown
The Obama administration is looking to evict tens of thousands of families in government assisted housing, saying they make too much money to be considered "low-income."

The Obama administration is looking to evict tens of thousands of families in government assisted housing as they reportedly make too much money to be considered "low-income."

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced on Tuesday that they will be looking to evict “over-income” families that are still living in government assisted homes.

This announcement is a reaction to a report that of the 1.1 million families that are in low-income housing, as many as 25,226 families were over-income.

While there is no law that prohibits families that exceed the low-income standards from living in government assisted housing (so long as they met the requirement when they originally moved in), the hope is that by moving them out, they can make way for poorer families that need that housing.

“HUD strongly supports the efforts of PHAs to further the goals of providing quality affordable housing to eligible families in a manner that moves families toward increased and sustained self-sufficiency,” HUD wrote in the report to the Federal Register. “At the same time, scarce public resources must be provided to those most in need of affordable housing.”

The report goes on to say that they are looking for public opinion on what they should do about over-income families. Specifically, they are trying to figure out how long they should give families to find new housing or if they should evict these over-income families. They also want feedback on what would be considered “significantly” exceeding the income standard they set for the houses.

“An increase in income is a good and welcomed event for families, and when a family’s income steadily rises, it may be an indication that the family is on its way to self-sufficiency,” HUD wrote. “Any changes that would require the termination of tenancy for over-income families should be enacted with caution so as not to impede a family’s progress.”

They are looking for public comments for the next 30 days.

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