Turn To 10 I-Team Investigation Reveals High Earners Living In New Bedford’s Affordable Housing
An I-Team investigation from NBC 10 has revealed that there are several families earning high incomes living in public housing.
Public record requests found that there are 64 families living in New Bedford Public Housing units making over $50,000, 14 families making over $75,000, three families making over $100,000, and one family earning a yearly income of over $200,000. For example the family earning over $200,000 is only paying a fixed rate of $525 per month for rent. Families who are struggling to make ends meet and waiting to receiving public housing assistance are paying more for rent than this family who can afford to live without public assistance.
The director of the New Bedford Housing Authority said in a statement, "Currently there are no income limits that would force a resident off the program. In fact, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development encourages higher wage earners to remain in public housing as an incentive to others."
According to reports, there are 1,200 families on the waiting list to receive public housing in the city and it could take up to six years for a family to get in. It was reported that these families earning the higher incomes did come into public housing earning a lot less but now they are depriving families of the assistance that they need.