NYC Worries Federal Rules Hiking Rents Could Hit 56,000 Low-Income Families Hard

New federal rules could hike the rent for 56,000 poor New York families by hundreds of dollars a month, officials said Wednesday.

The Obama administration is hoping to tackle economic segregation by overhauling rules for Section 8 vouchers — subsidizing more in rent in higher income areas, and less in poor neighborhoods, instead of setting one rent limit for the whole metropolitan area as they do now.

The idea is to make it possible for poor tenants to move into better neighborhoods.

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