Re: Does Section 8 destroy an area? - Posted by Frank Chin
Posted by Frank Chin on July 03, 2010 at 11:40:42:
It has to do with the “concentration” of Section 8 people in the area, rather than saying some section 8 people are hard working, and some are not.
When my sister’s husband died suddenly some years back leaving her with two young girls, ages 8, and 10, she gone on various assistance programs, including section 8. I live in NYC, and visit her about once a year up in MA.
This relatively new apartment complex she lived in looked great coming up the highway to the city of Springfield. However, when I go visit the building, I stay over, I noticed the difference right away.
The thing that struck me as strange is all the people hanging around outside the building at all hours, adult, children, and all ages in between. And there’s a uniformed security guard in the lobby to sign you in and out.
I passed by neighboring buildings where it’s ghostly quiet, and NO security guards. Then I was shocked to learn those neighboring buildings belong to the same owner, and also managed by the same management company.
I soon found out that all renters on assistance is steered to this one building, where my sister lives, and because they got subsidies in building the place, was required to take a certain percentage of renters on assistance. The rest of the complex all went to “market renters”.
So, what’s the difference??
Well, as my sister lived there, I met a few of her neighbors, turns out many of them work two jobs, or in my sisters’ case, works part time, goes to school at night. As to the kids, well, they hang around the streets, and the lawn in front of the building.
And the security guard??
It’s the only building in the area with it, and without him, the hallways and lobbies would be over-run with kids. When her kids became teenagers, she left instruction for the guard not to let her kids into her apartment because her apartment became the local hangout, and things, like TV sets, had been stolen.
As to the grownups hanging around outside. Quite a few of them are on assistance due to some disability. On nice days, they hang around outside playing cards whereas in the other buildings, people went to work.
Finally, all of this got on my sister’s nerves, so after she work full time, the kids were grown, she moved away, about a quarter mile, to a nice new condo. Here the “sound of silence” was deafening.
What I see is when there is a concentration of Section 8 renters, market renters start moving away, bringing in more section 8 renters. Oh, there is defintitely more maintainance for section 8 properties, and expenses, starting with the security guard. I notice more graffiti in my sisters’ huilding. Unless owners spend more to compensate, the area can go downhill.