Posted by Tim Fierro (Tacoma, WA) on August 12, 2003 at 14:23:53:
I too wondered about the real impact of Section 8 housing. I read in the paper this morning about a government housing project that is being torn down in 3 stages. The people have to move so that tear down and new construction can begin. When finished over 5 years, the 300 or so homes will be roughly 700; reported number not quite clear.
But in the report, the cover story was about a family who has lived there for 14 years (on Section 8) and have to move out until construction done, then they get to move back to a ‘new’ unit.
I know and hear of the Section 8 for life type of people who always want that free living arrangment, but is there a condition (peril) that would necessitate someone to live in a government subsidized housing for 14 years or even longer?
I have driven in a local housing area and saw many nicer/newer cars/trucks (better than mine and mine are 10 years old) and it struck me as odd that someone who has some impeding functionality that prevents them from providing for themselves, can have a nice car. My wife hates seeing a Tundra Truck in the housing area since that is her dream truck, and I tell her we cannot afford a 40k truck right now; yet has to see those trucks in neighborhoods where supposedly there is no money for basic living.
Rant, questions, I don’t know; just seems odd.