Proposed H.U.D. Actions May Add to Local Housing Crisis

Proposed H.U.D. Actions May Add to Local Housing Crisis

“When you have a voice, you also have a moral obligation to use that voice for good.”
– Leandra Medine

Despite the current administration’s declarations that it is committed to uplifting the nation’s working poor, it continues to carve away at safety programs designed to keep low-waged workers, low-income families with children, veterans, the elderly and those who are disabled from falling into an abyss of economic despair. 

Whether you consider efforts to gut health care or proposed cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or any of the many other affronts, assaults by the administration on the nation’s poor are relentless. 

New legislation proposed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as authorized by the agency’s leader, Housing Secretary Ben Carson, is just one more example of the administration’s demonstrated apathy for the poor. The proposal takes direct aim at the nation’s main housing assistance programs and as if in locked-step, Republican House members have introduced legislation modeled after Carson’s draft bill.

According to experts, changes proposed to the nation’s housing policy under the Rent Reform Legislation will more than likely increase the rate of evictions and homelessness for low-income households, who are already struggling economically to survive.  

Last June, San Bernardino’s Baldy View Chapter of the Building Industry Association (BIA) of Southern California noted the inland region could be short as many as 65,000 units by 2019. In addition to single family homes, BIA noted the area’s need for more low-income housing, especially for seniors, in addition to the growing need for apartments to accommodate local college students. 

It’s no secret California has the nation’s highest poverty rate and many inland communities are included in that assessment. Any proposed cutbacks to programs that aid the area’s low-income residents will certainly have a ripple effect and negatively impact the region’s economy. 

Those who represent communities in the inland region and yet continue to support this administration’s assault on the poor are acting contrary to the best interest of many of their constituents. As the U.S. House of Representatives prepares to consider cuts to housing programs, do you know where your representative stands? Will he/she vote in alignment with the needs of this community or continue to support the whims of their party’s leadership? 

You can reach the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate by calling (202)225-3121. Let your voice be heard on this and every issue of importance to the inland region—silence is no longer an option. 

This is just my opinion. I’m keeping it real. 

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