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Proposed HUD rent reforms have locals worrying, wondering

THE ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION (May 11, 2018) – As the door to his home opens, Tony Caldwell, 58, shifts his wheelchair slightly to accommodate his guests.
The former delivery driver for a concession machine company lives in Westminster Apartments, a 32-unit, generic-looking, two-floor apartment complex, fenced off from the surrounding Piedmont Park area in Atlanta. It’s better than most public housing, he says, although the rooms are modest and the ground floor not always secure.

Caldwell and his wife Peggy Ogburn, who’s also retired and disabled, receive government benefits totaling $2,071 a month. From that, they pay $574 in rent. Theirs is among the nearly 125,000 low-income households in Georgia that receive federal rent subsidies from HUD — the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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