House Finance Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Rent Reform

The House Financial Services Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance held a hearing on April 20 to review a legislative proposal on rent reforms. Representative Dennis Ross’s (R-FL) proposed a "discussion draft" of his bill "Promoting Resident Opportunity through Rent Reform Act," asking witnesses for feedback and insights. The bill would allow public housing authorities (PHAs) to raise rents through modified rental structures and "shallower" (i.e., lower) housing subsidies to HUD-assisted families and would allow PHAs to impose work requirements and de facto time limits. Several witnesses stated that the current rent structure discourages two-parent households and participation in the workforce and should be changed to allow PHAs more flexibilities. Others countered that these changes would make housing benefits less effective, raise rents on vulnerable families, and potentially increase homelessness.

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