Vote on Monday to impact overincome families in public housing

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (WWLP) –  A big vote on Capitol Hill Monday that could impact families living in public housing. Dozens of these families are making six-figures, some even making $100,000 more than the income limit to live in public housing.

According to an Inspector General report, dozens of Massachusetts families living in public housing made more than $100,000. All while the waiting list to get placed into public housing continues to grow.  In some cities the wait is three to five years or longer.

The 22News I-Team spoke with Congressman Michael Capuano on Friday. He is a co-sponsor of a bill in Congress that would help move overincome families out of public housing.

“This is designed to say, if you go a dollar over, good for you, but if you go 20% over we need to raise your rent or you need to move,” said Rep. Capuano.

The House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on this bill on Monday.

This is a story the I-Team continues to follow. We’ll have an investigative report on these overincome families in a few weeks.

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