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District of Columbia housed homeless in upscale apartments. It hasn't gone as planned.
Washington Post (Democracy Dies In Darkness) via Chron ^ | 4/16/19 | Peter Jamison

Posted on 04/23/2019 3:45:53 AM PDT by Libloather

WASHINGTON - The SWAT team, the overdose, the complaints of pot smoke in the air and feces in the stairwell - it would be hard to pinpoint a moment when things took a turn for the worse at Sedgwick Gardens, a stately apartment building in northwest Washington.

But the Art Deco complex, which overlooks Rock Creek Park and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is today the troubled locus of a debate on housing policy in a city struggling with the twin crises of homelessness and gentrification.

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But the situation at Sedgwick Gardens is different: Many of the new tenants are homeless men and women who came directly from shelters or the streets, some still struggling with severe behavioral problems.

The result has been a kind of high-stakes social experiment that so far has left few of its subjects happy. Police visits to the building have nearly quadrupled since 2016. Some tenants have fled. In February, responding to complaints, the city began staffing the building with social workers at night to deal with problems that arise.

(Excerpt) Read more at m.chron.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: apartments; dc; dchomeless; democrats; homeless
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Hussein lives there, no?
1 posted on 04/23/2019 3:45:53 AM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

It is all going to plan. The left wants to destroy Western society and this is one of their ways of doing it.


2 posted on 04/23/2019 3:51:24 AM PDT by knighthawk (We will always remember We will always be proud We will always be prepared so we may always be free)
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To: Libloather
shades of Fountainhead...
3 posted on 04/23/2019 4:03:34 AM PDT by Chode ( We’re America, Bitch!)
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To: Libloather

So, putting the mentally dysfunctional into nice apartments does not magically change their behavior and make them become model citizens. Interesting, who would have thunk?

Also, I don’t understand the negativity used with the concept of “gentrification.” Seems to me that improving neighborhoods is a good thing.


4 posted on 04/23/2019 4:03:38 AM PDT by exDemMom (Current visual of the hole the US continues to dig itself into: http://www.usdebtclock.org/)
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To: Libloather

“We can make this whole cycle way more efficient by simply housing the foxes with the chickens.” /s


5 posted on 04/23/2019 4:06:11 AM PDT by BradyLS (ODO NOT FEED THE BEARS!)
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To: Libloather

And those who have a problem with this transformation of the building are automatically racist. And those who actually move out because of what is happening will soon be labeled and prosecuted for crimes against the diversification collective. sarc/ I hope.


6 posted on 04/23/2019 4:06:30 AM PDT by Truth29
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To: Libloather
It's not going to plan? Really?

Once again, low information liberals think they can make a silk purse out of a sow's ear and they failed.

Has any grandiose liberal fantasy ever borne fruit? (It's a rhetorical question.)

7 posted on 04/23/2019 4:07:57 AM PDT by LouAvul (Freedom without responsibility is chaos. Next step? The Abyss.)
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To: Libloather

Hope these upscale apartments are liberal bleeding hearts


8 posted on 04/23/2019 4:14:39 AM PDT by ronnie raygun (nic dip.com)
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To: Libloather
LOL, only leftist tards would think "gentrification" is a crisis—cities throughout the rust belt are begging to be "gentrified".
 
9 posted on 04/23/2019 4:15:16 AM PDT by Governor Dinwiddie
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To: exDemMom

Will it worked for Billy Ray Valentine.


10 posted on 04/23/2019 4:18:19 AM PDT by JZelle
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To: Libloather
As of February, tenants with city-issued housing vouchers had filled nearly half of the building's roughly 140 units.

Half? Half? Half? And some people wonder why there is a problem?

The article references a study that says DC has the most intense gentrification of any U.S. city. I know we have gentrification on steroids, and it's generally a good thing. Viewed broadly, DC still has an excessively high percentage of the region's low-income population. If we've learned anything over the past 50 years, it is that big concentrations of welfare populations breed trouble. That was one of the core mistakes of the Great Society wave of housing projects, which created Petri dishes for disfunction. We are still dismantling that mistake. In the DC area, more of the assisted housing population still needs to be spread to the suburbs. And yes, northwest DC needs to do more as well. Move 'em out. Anacostia is trying to gentrify as well. They've gotta go somewhere.

Spreading out the welfare population is the goal, and every area needs to step up. Housing vouchers at 175 percent of fair market rate, however, are awfully rich. I didn't know DC was doing that. The problem with that is moral hazard; welfare shouldn't pay better than an entry level job or it becomes a trap. We should have learned that lesson as well over the past half-century. But put that aside for the moment.

If the goal is to assist the welfare population in moving out of disastrous neighborhoods, fine … but don't move them and then reconcentrate them in what becomes essentially a new project, albeit one in a swankier neighborhood. That won't work. I don't have a magic percentage in mind, but if this building has 140 units, maybe five could safely be converted to voucher apartments, provided that the recipients were suitably screened (no gangbangers). But half is far too many. And subsidies of 175 percent market rate are ridiculous.

It looks to me like this building's owners are badly mismanaging their property. There is a hint in the article about excessively generous vouchers being used to bust the cap on rent stabilization, which may be the real game here. I'll have to wait for more information on that.

11 posted on 04/23/2019 4:20:36 AM PDT by sphinx
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To: Libloather

Apparently no one in charge asked this simple question during the planning stage: “What could possibly go wrong?”


12 posted on 04/23/2019 4:30:44 AM PDT by Tudorfly (All things are possible within the will of God.)
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To: Libloather
Consider this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8pfftpp0lY

13 posted on 04/23/2019 4:31:57 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham ("God is a spirit, and man His means of walking on the earth.")
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To: exDemMom
This was predicted decades ago in the movie " Johnny Handsome".

John Sedley is a man with a disfigured face, mocked by others as "Johnny Handsome." He and a friend are double-crossed by two accomplices in a crime, Sunny Boyd and her partner Rafe, and a Judge sends Johnny to jail, where he vows to get even once he gets out. In prison, Johnny meets a surgeon named Fisher, who is looking for a guinea pig so he can attempt an experimental procedure in reconstructive cosmetic surgery. Johnny, figuring he has nothing to lose, is given a new, normal-looking face (making him unrecognizable to the people who knew him) before he is released back into society.

it doesn't end well for johnnys enemies or anyone else he comes in contact with

14 posted on 04/23/2019 4:34:22 AM PDT by Ikeon (The road to hell is paved with good intentions usually built by angry libs - there any other kind?)
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To: Truth29

Actually, Washington DC is racist in total and has been for many years. Congress allows, even promotes the racist society in Washington.

Washington DC is the Plantation where civil rights were a forced population change


15 posted on 04/23/2019 4:42:12 AM PDT by bert ( (KE. NP. N.C. +12) Honduras must be invaded to protect America from invasion)
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To: JZelle

No, that was a PRIVATE SECTOR initiative!


16 posted on 04/23/2019 5:02:16 AM PDT by LRoggy (Peter's Son's Business)
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To: Libloather

Where is Nurse Ratched when you need her?


17 posted on 04/23/2019 5:02:40 AM PDT by Elsie
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To: LRoggy; JZelle

True; but the underlaying theme of the movie was DEFINITELY a look at Political Policies!


18 posted on 04/23/2019 5:05:38 AM PDT by Elsie
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To: Libloather

Liberals have been miseducated to believe that all people are good. They are wrong.


19 posted on 04/23/2019 5:05:44 AM PDT by txrefugee
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To: Elsie

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trading_Places#Themes


20 posted on 04/23/2019 5:07:59 AM PDT by Elsie
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