Second co-sponsor signs on to Rep. Roe’s public housing reform legislation

WASHINGTON, DC (WJHL) – A second congressman has signed on to co-sponsor Rep. Phil Roe’s (R-TN) legislation that would evict over-income families in public housing.

Just this week, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL) agreed to be a co-sponsor.

Our 2013 Community Watchdog investigation prompted the legislation. A federal audit previously found more than 25,000 over-income families living in public housing, while more than 500,000 people sat on waiting lists.

In addition to co-sponsoring Rep. Roe’s legislation, Rep. Byrne continues to push a similar bill.

“Like Congressman Roe, I am worried about over-income individuals taking up precious space in our taxpayer funded public housing system,” Rep. Byrne said. “The people being hurt most by this abuse are low income families who find themselves stuck on waitlists due to a lack of space. This practice must end as we work to promote effectiveness and efficiency in our nation’s welfare programs.”

As we reported in July, Congress has already passed one law prompted by our investigation. That law gives housing authorities the option of either evicting over-income families or raising their rent.

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