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Support low-income housing

I was rather captivated by Tom Belliger’s engaging letter (“No heart, no brain on HUD ‘deal’,” June 27), in reference to Ben Carson, the U.S. secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

U.S. rents have risen by 61% since 1960, but renters’ median earnings have gone up only 5%. Minorities, including Native Americans, are hardest hit.

When people have a safe, affordable place to live, other problems such as unemployment, ill health and lack of food are lessened.

Did you know that 4-in-10 U.S. kids spend at least a year in poverty? Living in poverty increases the likelihood of sickness, becoming less productive as an adult, and getting sucked into the criminal justice system.

Supporting low-income housing is a step in the right direction.

Donna Schindler Munro

Bremerton, Wash.


 

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