New housing opportunities for low-income families

This new year brings new opportunities for low-income families.  The small area fair market rent program went into effect this week after a federal judge denied the Trump Administration's attempt to delay the rule.

Lawyers with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund say low-income families will now have better housing options.  The Trump Administration says calculating subsidies based on zip codes would be a big adjustment.  

United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD, officials attempted to delay those changes until 2020, but a federal judge has said the agency lacked the authority to do so and ordered HUD to implement the rule.

Ajmel Quereshi, of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, tells us, "Now, it is going to be calculated on a zip-code basis. If an individual is looking to move to a high-opportunity, high-income zip code; the value would presumably be higher because it would be based on the zip-code alone."

Supporters say the decision also helps low-income families by increasing access to better schools and neighborhoods. 

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