Under $2 a Day in America, Part 3

As we have explained, proposals from the President and House Republicans to raise rents on the poorest recipients of federal housing assistance could impose unaffordable burdens on many of them.  Some people might question whether the proposed increases are really that significant:  who couldn’t afford another $20-$25 per month?

Lots of people, as the new study from the National Poverty Center makes clear.

The study reports a 130 percent increase since 1996 in the number of families with children living on less than $2 per person per day.

About 300,000 of these extremely poor families, or about one in five, received housing assistance as of the beginning of 2011, the study notes.  This is consistent with our analysis , based on data from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, that some 330,000 families with nearly 700,000 children — as well as another 150,000 households without children — would face a rent increase under the House proposal.  Even more families would face increases under the President’s proposal.