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house Bill H.R. 233

Should People in Government Housing Only Have to Prove They Need it Every 3 Years?

Argument in favor

This bill reduces how frequently the government checks up on the incomes of people in public housing programs. By doing so, it also reduces the stress on people in these programs and the burden on government. Everyone wins.

Patricia's Opinion
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03/23/2015
I have to do an income evaluation yearly in public housing and any change income must be reported immediately and hiding it is pretty hard..why is even an issue and its more taxing than doing taxes for federal or state..You have no idea until you have to do it... So why is this up for debate..I am permenantly disabled and wouldn't be in this position is greed hadn't stolen my retirement funds during the Enron scandal....Start punishing white collar crime with the same equality as other crimes and you might have fewer in public housing....I am fortunate to have my miniscule kitchen and a bed to lay my head at night..just down the street are hundreds of seniors living in tents in the park...if you check with them it was one mistake that put them there but an unending harassment that keeps them there ...Why in America can't we house them in empty public housing sitting idle?
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03/26/2015
Disabled people usually don't become able in a year.
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William's Opinion
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02/17/2016
Yes. Actually they should have to prove it annually. But they should not be penalized for getting a job. There should be a system to "wean" someone off public assistance once they are gainfully employed rather than terminating them immediately.
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Argument opposed

Federal housing programs are for the most vulnerable members of our society. But peoples’ economic circumstances change. Reducing how often officials check on incomes allow people to game the system long after they really need services.

Elinor's Opinion
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03/23/2015
I have to do multiple tax forms for all levels of government every year to support these people. The LEAST they can do is show AT LEAST ONCE EVERY YEAR that they need it.
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Dennis's Opinion
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04/14/2015
Once a year. It's free or reduced housing. If it's of value to you the least you can do is verify the need...YEARLY
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Kevin's Opinion
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03/26/2015
Every income earning American has to file yearly, but those who get the most for free don't???
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    I have to do an income evaluation yearly in public housing and any change income must be reported immediately and hiding it is pretty hard..why is even an issue and its more taxing than doing taxes for federal or state..You have no idea until you have to do it... So why is this up for debate..I am permenantly disabled and wouldn't be in this position is greed hadn't stolen my retirement funds during the Enron scandal....Start punishing white collar crime with the same equality as other crimes and you might have fewer in public housing....I am fortunate to have my miniscule kitchen and a bed to lay my head at night..just down the street are hundreds of seniors living in tents in the park...if you check with them it was one mistake that put them there but an unending harassment that keeps them there ...Why in America can't we house them in empty public housing sitting idle?
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    I have to do multiple tax forms for all levels of government every year to support these people. The LEAST they can do is show AT LEAST ONCE EVERY YEAR that they need it.
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    Once a year. It's free or reduced housing. If it's of value to you the least you can do is verify the need...YEARLY
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    Disabled people usually don't become able in a year.
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    Yes. Actually they should have to prove it annually. But they should not be penalized for getting a job. There should be a system to "wean" someone off public assistance once they are gainfully employed rather than terminating them immediately.
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    Every income earning American has to file yearly, but those who get the most for free don't???
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    More often is needed. There is so much change in a family dynamic every year that a yearly justification should be required.
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    If a senior is living on Social Security and that's their only income, it probably not necessary to spend time and money verifying. However, there are the questionable incomes that need to be verified more frequently as finances can change year to year. Perhaps a tiered verification system would provide a more efficient use of funding and time. Say their would be three ratings for verification: 1. Fixed, 2. Flux 3. Likely to change. Each rating defines the likelihood of financial stability or fluctuation. Based on the rating one receives determines how often an income should be verified.
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    Housing subsidy should come with the responsibility of proving continued need
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    They should have to prove they need it every year, to prevent wasted taxpayer dollars.
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    There is extreme abuse of the welfare system in this country and I see hardly any checks and balances in place to protect tax payers dollars. Proof, drug tests, etc need to be put in place for EVERYONE receiving government assistance!
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    Too many people receiving benefits become complacent and lazy. Let's keep the benefits for those who need it and make those who don't get off the roles and get a job.
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    If your going to give them housing let them be
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    This keeps people from becoming complacent. If it's not checked frequently, the desire to change your circumstance becomes stagnant.
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    Don't let people game the system.
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    Yearly.
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    People's financial situations can change within months, allowing people to take advantage of welfare programs for such a long period of time is a willful waste of tax dollars.
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    Please don't let the already broken system be further exploited by fraud waste and abuse.
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    This is a small percentage of our population why must we hark on them tirelessly? A time cushion allows people the time to get themselves together without so much added stress. Instead of worrying about these people we should be focusing on how our government is unwilling to reimburse the funds they have stolen from social security.
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    Wow... Please don't
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