Blatantly flouting his own agency\u0026#039;s recommendation for how much money Americans should spend on monthly housing costs, Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson announced Wednesday a plan to triple the rent for low-income individuals and families who receive housing subsidies and to impose work requirements on many recipients.Ben Carson likely wants us all to think that this inhumane policy will inspire the poor to raise themselves up by their own bootstraps. But tripling the rent of those who need housing assistance and instituting work requirements is the stuff of slumlords. https://t.co/ZH1kPlMmUL— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) April 25, 2018Under Carson\u0026#039;s legislative proposal, the so-called Making Affordable Housing Work Act, subsidy-holders would be required to pay 35 percent of their income toward housing, up from 30 percent. The increase would triple the rent for the lowest-income households, which currently pay $50, bringing their monthly expenditure up to $150. Many recipients would also be required to work at least 15 hours per week at a minimum-wage job.The new proposal goes against HUD\u0026#039;s own recommendation for the amount of money families should spend on housing per month. According to the agency\u0026#039;s website, \u0022Families who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing are considered cost burdened and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care.\u0022Rep. Cedric Richmond (D-La.), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, called the plan \u0022immoral\u0022 and noted the irony of Carson\u0026#039;s recent controversy over his personal spending as he was furnishing his office.CBC Chairman @RepRichmond: \u0022It is ironic that a man who used taxpayer dollars to buy a $30,000 dining room table for the federal agency he leads wants to raise rent on poor people.\u0022 Full Statement: https://t.co/507b8Z9xmR. https://t.co/vIsRd47zTF— Black Caucus (@OfficialCBC) April 25, 2018\u0022Secretary Carson\u0026#039;s immoral, ill-advised proposal is the latest example of the Trump Administration\u0026#039;s war on poor people...Thankfully this proposal would require Congressional approval before it can become law, and the Congressional Black Caucus will work with our colleagues in Congress to oppose it and other related measures,\u0022 said Richmond.Carson\u0026#039;s proposal would effect about 4.7 million households that receive housing assistance. Critics say that raising the cost of keeping a roof over families\u0026#039; heads will inevitably force households to make choices between their new housing costs and other necessities.Having to decide between paying rent \u0026amp; buying food is unacceptable. The only way to right his wrong is by opposing efforts to cut housing benefits. #CutsHurt #HandsOff— TalkPoverty.org (@TalkPoverty) April 25, 2018The proposal follows a trend at HUD—and throughout the Trump administration—of rolling back efforts to support low-income Americans and those who face difficulty securing stable housing. Under Carson, the agency has halted investigations into housing discrimination, removed anti-discrimination language from its mission statement, and delayed efforts to force communities to address housing obstacles faced by minorities.Earlier this week, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) sent a letter to HUD slamming its thwarting of anti-discrimination protections for people of color.\u0022This is a disturbing pattern of undermining and failing to enforce housing and lending laws,\u0022 Warren wrote.