HUD considering new rule regarding “over income” tenants, asking for public input

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban development is now asking the public to weigh in on the best way to deal with the issue of over income tenants living in public housing.

It’s a problem our Community Watchdog investigation first exposed nearly three years ago, prompting a federal audit that found more than 25,000 over income families in public housing nationwide.

Late today, HUD announced it is considering a new rule to address the issue, but wants to hear from members of the public first.

“Current law and regulation do not require eviction or termination of residency in circumstances when a household’s income increases significantly and consistently over time, even if that family pays full market rent and receives no subsidy at all,” the agency said in a news release. “Given the urgent need for affordable rental housing in many communities, HUD is considering ways to possibly limit public housing residency to those households that actually require housing assistance.”

People who want to share their thoughts can click here for more information.

Congressman Phil Roe, (R), District 1, plans on filing legislation to address the issue soon too.

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