Welfare Reform? Again?

Hello Everyone,

I hope you had a good week.  This blog post begins a series on civil rights, human rights, and the way we treat people.  With the coarseness in our politics getting worse, a good reminder is The Golden Rule:  “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Matt 7:12).

The Trump Administration is embarking on Welfare Reform 2.0. You can read about it from Wyoming Public RadioThe rents on HUD housing will be tripled.

Every community has people living in HUD supported housing.  Every community is grappling with homelessness. Every community is grappling with wage stagnation. At a time when taxes were cut on the wealthiest individuals and corporations, a modest amount of housing assistance is aimed to be taken away.

What can you do?  Call your Congresspeople and say NO to any cuts to HUD housing. The income qualifying limits needed to receive HUD housing are very small, and HUD housing overwhelming helps the disabled and elderly.

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Reflection:  5 million people in the U.S. receive rental assistance from HUD.   However, millions more receive no rental assistance, and many are homeless.  We see homelessness in every community, including mine. So, let’s increase supportive housing and not reduce it.  Here is a good article from the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities where these facts come from.  Check out the data map for statistics on your state.

As my grandmother would say, remember the Golden Rule:  “do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

Until next time,

Molly Hermes

One thought on “Welfare Reform? Again?”

  1. My dad is 83 years old. To this day he still says, “If you’re lucky enough to make it in this country, then you help the next guy up the ladder.” What’s interesting to me is that my dad is not a wealthy man, yet he is always giving money away to the homeless or offering to buy them a sandwich or a burrito. If my dad can do that, then our country can do that. We have so much here in the wealthiest nation on earth. How much would it really take to lengthen the welcome table or to help the next person up the ladder? We can do this!

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