Family Making $500,000 Lives in Public Housing

A family living in New York City government housing has an annual income of nearly $500,000, well over the low-income threshold of $67,000. The housing authority, however, refuses to kick them out.

The family is being allowed to stay because, according to a recent U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development report, the New York City Housing Authority concluded that other low-income residents will see the family’s success as a form of motivation to achieve greater things.

“The Authority believes that allowing overincome families to reside in public housing is beneficial because it shows that participation in the public housing program can help families achieve a more stable life and the average rent paid by overincome families is greater than that paid by other low income families,” the report reads.

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