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 had fights breaking out at the one in New Orleans as well. I suspect the same is going on all over the country.
I didn’t think the Amish needed housing assistance.
BO wants every citizen in the US to be in these lines, except for himself, of course.
Face palm/ Who saw this coming!
You really do have to wonder if its not intentional. There are better ways of doing it but this way gets headlines.
From Obaaaama's stash.
The only photos with the CBS article are one of autos on a road and an empty parking lot with some trash here and there - where are the photos of people?
When a riot happens it is caused by people. I suppose in this instance that they were not the PC color.
It seems to me that useful tools for controlling unruly mobs were at one time available to the police. Pity that no longer attains.
And I’ll add that it’s a real pity the government drones involved weren’t torn to pieces by this mob. One could almost consider that a public service.
Doesn’t anybody at H.U.D. realize this sort of thing happens every time? A simple way to do it would let everyone sign up, then choose the 1,000 “winners” by the luck of the draw. That way it wouldn’t matter who was first in line or last in line.
It’s almost as if the decision makers at H.U.D. want this kind of result. hmmmmm.
Watch the rats scurry over each other to get the crumbs the government doles out to them...
These are people fighting to fighting to get first place in line for new freebies.
Just think of what is going to happen when the money runs out and we try to pry the ones already in government supplied houses out of them when the HUD can’t pay the bills anymore.
This arrogant dimocrat queen tried to tell me that section 8 housing recipients are good people who take care of the property and NO ONE has anything to worry about from those folks. They just need some help.
Yeah right...help destroying another decent neighborhood.
More than one person means a riot.
Damned Amish again.
they’ll be running out of their government housing into the streets and then out of urban areas into suburban and then rural.
Be prepared, be ready. Know your neighbors, work together.
Times like these are when I wish my family lived on a huge compound with lots of land and fences around us. Unfortunately, we don’t...
I’m just glad I live in a tiny town that has few services and only two rental properties.
One more reason to tell Obama’s Rural council to shove it.
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