Skip to comments.Riot Breaks Out At Housing Assistance Event In Metro Detroit
Posted on 01/12/2013 4:03:25 PM PST by Iron Munro
An event designed to help assist Michigan families with housing expenses turned into a chaotic scene after there was a mad rush to collect Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers.
The incident happened Saturday morning at the Wayne County Family Health Services Center on Eureka Road, between Beech Daly and Inkster roads in Taylor where thousands of people were waiting to get housing vouchers, many who had been waiting outside in the cold since the night before.
Reports say the amount of people who showed up looking for assistance heavily outweighed the number of vouchers to be distributed. As the night was fading away and the sun started to shine, the crowd continued to grow as more and more people arrived. According to reports, only 1,000 vouchers were available for distribution. An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 people were in attendance.
When it came time for the vouchers to be distributed, police said there was a mad rush for the door, with people jockeying for position to be the first inside the building. Officers tried to control the crowd, but couldnt. Fearing the situation was more than they could handle, event organizers shut the entire thing down and turned off the lights inside the building. Witnesses say thats when things really got ugly.
Star Lee, of Romulus, described the scene as complete chaos.
People just dont have order to themselves, you know what I mean? People were fighting and throwing chairs, and thats just not necessary. We were asked to just come and line up and, you know, make things simple. They shut it down before it even got started and its just sad because some people really needed this help, this assistance, she said.
Candice Wacasey, of Taylor, said she was frightened. Garbage litters the ground at a human services building in Taylor where thousands of people rioted when a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher distribution event was cancelled. (WWJ Photo/Beth Fisher)
Garbage litters the ground at a human services building in Taylor where thousands of people rioted when a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher distribution event was cancelled. (WWJ Photo/Beth Fisher)
When the lights went out, it went horrible. People started trampling over people, there was a disabled lady that was in a wheelchair and they was trying to knock her over to get in front of her. I mean, just crazy, she said.
Lenny Syer, of Melvindale, said some people lost all inhibitions, even muscling small children out-of-the-way.
There was people who was physically putting their hands on peoples childs (sic) and moving them. It was unbelievable, he said.
Additional help was called in from Michigan State Police, who helped Taylor police control the melee and disperse the crowd. Four people were arrested, but police say no one was injured.
Police say the event will be rescheduled, although specific details still need to be worked out.
Due to the high demand of the Section 8 vouchers, we will meet with HUD Representatives to discuss the series of events, re-evaluate the distribution method and implement a process that ensures a greater level of efficiency and safety, Mary Radamacher, Director of the Taylor Housing Commission, said in a statement.
Some of those in attendance Saturday said they hope organizers will be extra cautious and bring in additional security to insure things go differently next time.
According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher program is the federal governments major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly and the disabled to afford decent, safe and sanitary housing in the private market. A housing subsidy is paid to the landlord directly by the government on behalf of the participating family, which then pays the difference between the actual rent charged by the landlord and the amount subsidized by the program.
The maximum housing assistance is generally the lesser of the payment standard minus 30 percent of the familys monthly adjusted income, or the gross rent for the unit minus 30 percent of monthly adjusted income, according to HUD.
They ain’t worth $10,000, considering the neighborhood you’d have to live in. (or become a HUD home landlord and milk the system.)
All I can speak to is my personal experience with Section 8 housing in my city. The vast majority of the people who are in section 8 houses do NOT take care of the homes. Grass never cut. Cars parked in the yard. Toys, trash strewn about. Adults sitting outside smoking and proficient in the use of the “F” word.
As a realtor I have seen this repeated over and over and over. Once one house goes section 8, others follow suit and then the people who are home-owners start seeing their property values fall as more and more unkept homes litter the neighborhood. It is a vicious cycle.
So YES, section 8 housing can be incredibly destructive to a neighborhood and destroy the value of middle class tax payers largest asset, their home.
Cleveland has a drawing. Apply online or fill out an application at the library. Not sure when they got smart about it but I can see why.
-— A simple way to do it... ——
It’s government. “It’s the way we always do it.”
Guess who the government employees are.
So, when the AmRev2/CW2 happens, we should just raid the county housing offices, find the records of all Section 8 recipients and systematically shoot them, just to be rid of the ‘undesirables’? Or are these people already on people’s ‘list’ for immediate extermination when the balloon goes up?
Your kids are important, no denying that. My kids are being stolen from too.
The vibe I’m getting is that, if TSHTF, it’s open season on welfare/Section 8 recipients...no matter the color. Am I correct? If I’m over-reacting or drawing the wrong conclusion, please correct me. I’d love to be wrong.
Ursula Burns kin!
I think by definition when TSHTF there won't be any money for recipients. They'll either starve, steal, or find a moral way to make their way.
Actually, this is small potatoes for Detroit. They had something similiar a few years ago in downtown Detroit at Cobo Hall, with the mob being about ten times the size of this. What was being given out were applications for a lottery of about 500 housing subsidies. At the far end of the "jungle grapevine", it was "Obama is giving $5000 from his secret stash to anyone who shows up".
Some just robbed other people standing in line, or selling copies of the application for $50. Street gangs were unable to establish a truce among themselves while waiting in line. It took reinforcements from some of the suburbs, mounted cops, and judicious use of OC spray and tasers to calm things down.
By moving this event towards the edge of Detroit, they at least cut down the riot by a factor of 10, which I guess can be considered a partial success. :)
That's not a statistic I have ever seen. Are you sure about that?
If, in fact, that is true, why don't they do something about the problems in their inner city communities?
“The animals won’t go rural”
If they do it will be a short, one-way trip.
ROFMAO! Very funny, Tony. Best humor of the week, possibly the year...so far! Thanks.
/FR with a laugh...
“...why don’t they do something about the problems in their inner city communities?”
Because they always fall for the Democratic Party line, and vote in Democrats.
And every 2 weeks our paychecks enable this trash to riot. It’s sad how far we have allowed our “masters” to manipulate us pee-ons.
The most definitive recent study was based on the US census and reported here: http://www.census.gov/prod/2012pubs/p60-243.pdf
With average household income greater than 32,000, and assuming a standard bell curve distribution, this puts 70% of african americans over the poverty line, the thresholds for which are here: https://www.census.gov/hhes/www/poverty/data/threshld/index.html
The number I did screw up on was the total number of african americans in the deoendent underclass which is closer to 16 million. My apologies for that, but I would still assert that 2/3rds of the nation’s 43 million african - american citizens are not dependent on the government for their food and housing.
We may quibble about defining “middle class”, but in my opinion, if you are not in poverty, that puts you somewhere in the middle or better.
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