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  • Illegal immigrants could receive Social Security, Medicare under Obama action

    11/26/2014 2:40:04 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 43 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 15 Nov 14 | Karen Tumulty
    Under President Obama’s new program to protect millions of illegal immigrants from deportation, many of those affected will be eligible to receive Social Security, Medicare and a wide array of other federal benefits, a White House official said Tuesday. In his speech Thursday night, the president touted his plan as a means of bringing accountability to a broken immigration system, under which 11 million or more people are estimated to be living in this country illegally. “We’re going to offer the following deal: If you’ve with been in America more than five years. If you have children who are American citizens...
  • Heres why Somali Muslim Refugees are moving to Cheyenne, Wyoming, Prepare to be shocked

    11/17/2014 7:00:38 PM PST · by george76 · 159 replies
    Pamela Geller, Atlas Shrugs ^ | November 17, 2014 | Pamela Geller
    They are going there to get subsidized Section 8 housing vouchers to take to another state. Refugee resettlement is a euphemism for importing whole Muslim communities, importing jihad. I have long documented the targeting of gateway cities (smaller cities) overwhelmed with Muslim refugee immigration from countries like Somalia cities like Emporia, Kansas, Nashville, Greeley and Fort Morgan, Colorado, Lewiston, Maine et al. The over-saturation and drain on city resources has driven these immigrants northward to settle in Wyoming, according to these reports. Organizations like Lutheran Family Services profit enormously from the Federal government handling these refugees. The sharia compliant...
  • Budget Cuts Reshape New Yorks Public Housing

    09/12/2014 6:08:50 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 16 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 11, 2014 | MIREYA NAVARRO
    The crushing news came less than a year after Diane Robinson and her 24-year-old son moved into an airy two-bedroom apartment in the Bronx. The city, which helps pay her rent, wrote this summer to say she would have to downsize into a one-bedroom apartment or pay $240 more a month in rent. A public school aide, Ms. Robinson, 48, decided to stay in the apartment, in the Castle Hill neighborhood. But on an annual income of about $25,000, she is struggling, she said, and she does not know how long she can hang on. Moving to a one-bedroom apartment...
  • City plans to attack economic segregation by moving poor into middle-class neighborhoods...

    05/22/2014 7:04:13 AM PDT · by NYRepublican72 · 124 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 5/21/2014 | ERIN DURKIN
    The City plans to attack economic segregation in its affordable housing plan placing the poor in middle-class neighborhoods and the more affluent in high-poverty spots. Housing Preservation and Development Commissioner Vicki Been said the plan to build 80,000 new affordable apartments and preserve 120,000 units would create a more diverse city. We really have to make economic diversity a cornerstone of that plan, she said at a City Council budget hearing Wednesday. That means that in some neighborhoods that have mostly middle or upper-income housing, that we would need to put affordable housing at the very lowest income, she...
  • Use of cars can help families reduce poverty, large study finds

    04/08/2014 4:41:55 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 36 replies
    Pioneer Press/WAPO ^ | 4-4-14 | Emily Badger
    In many circles -- including advocates for cleaner air, safer streets, public transit -- it's a major policy goal to get people out of cars. Reduce car use, and you reduce pollution. Reduce car use, and we'll need fewer costly roads and parking garages. Reduce car use and shift more people onto bikes and trains, and maybe we'll all spend less of our lives idling in traffic. That line of thinking, however, seldom considers a group of people for whom more car use might actually be a good thing: the poor. A group of researchers at the Urban Institute, the...
  • Tenants Upset After E-Cigarettes Banned By Section 8 Housing

    04/07/2014 4:30:40 PM PDT · by grundle · 29 replies
    whsv.com ^ | February 21, 2014
    Harrisonburg, Va. (WHSV) -- Tenants are blowing off steam, after receiving a notice sent out by the Harrisonburg Redevelopment and Housing Authority. It details its ban on smoking. According to the notice, tenants living in the J.R. Polly Limeweaver Apartment complex are not allowed to use Electronic cigarettes, also known as e-cigarettes. It is apart of the ban on smoking, which will start on July 1, 2014. The policy recently added to tenant's leases gave reasons including an effort to decrease health effects, maintenance costs, the risk of fire and the cost of fire insurance. "The e-cigarettes vapor, it's not...
  • Its NOT just the 2nd (second) Amendment for dummies time.

    02/25/2014 11:02:56 AM PST · by Stanwood_Dave · 34 replies
    2/25/14 | David Peter Guadalupe
    My Clif-Notes version first: 2nd (second) Amendment & See Article I, Section 8, paragraph 11 and the founders had both weapons of MASS DESTRUCTION (canons) and equal to today 2014, A-K 47s FULLY AUTO in their personal possession, i.e., their superior hunting rifles. Although not FULLY AUTO, they did have in their possession the MOST ADVANCE[D] RIFLES of the time 1775-6. Oh, and those ADVANCE[D] RIFLES were used for hunting, both ducks & British.
  • Sheila Jackson Lee proposes new term for 'welfare' (a "transitional living fund")

    01/11/2014 3:28:44 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 9, 2014 | Carol Christian
    U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee, who has decried the failure of Congress to extend unemployment benefits before its December recess, is talking about changing the vocabulary of assistance. In a speech Jan. 8 on the House of Representatives floor, Jackson Lee suggested renaming government welfare. "Maybe the word 'welfare' should be changed to something of, 'a transitional living fund,'" Jackson Lee said, according to a post on The Minority Report blog. "For that is what it is - for people to be able to live," she said....
  • Trial begins for Dallas man accused of murdering neighbors in dog-poop dispute

    01/08/2014 6:36:05 AM PST · by Drew68 · 80 replies
    Dallas Culture Map ^ | 07 Jan 14 | Claire St. Amant
    On January 7, the capital murder trial began for a man charged with killing his neighbors after a prolonged dog-poop dispute. Issues of race, language, economics and age complicate the already unusual case. Chung Kim, 76, allegedly shot and killed Michelle Jackson and Jaime Stafford on February 4, 2013, at Sable Ridge Condominiums in North Dallas. Jackson and Stafford, who were African-Americans in their 30s, lived in the unit above Kim and his wife. Kim, a South Korean immigrant, is using an interpreter for the trial and has previously stated he acted in self-defense. It is well-documented that Jackson and...
  • [Russian] Governor Tooleyev proposes anti-parasitism law

    11/20/2013 7:52:43 AM PST · by Freelance Warrior · 10 replies
    RIA (in Russian) ^ | 11.20.2013
    This Wednesday the governor of Kuzbass Mr. Aman Tooleyev urged the State Dumas lawmakers attending the meeting of the provincial parliament to pass a bill against freeloaders and professional unemployed who number 4.4 thousand people in the province. This is dangerous from the both economic and moral point of view. A stratum of professionals who dont work, dont want to work, wont work has emerged. There are 4.4 thousand of such professional unemployed in Kuzbass, said Tooleyev. The governor added that there are 22 thousand of unemployed while the local labour registry offices offer 30 thousand jobs. They [the professional...
  • Bloombergs Public Housing Fingerprinting Idea Stuns, Infuriates Residents

    08/16/2013 6:58:14 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 106 replies
    CBS ^ | 16 Aug 13 | Staff
    Mayor Michael Bloombergs latest crime-fighting idea had a lot of people riled up on Friday. The mayor wants to fingerprint more than 600,000 people who live in public housing. He said it would be done to make the projects safer. Bloomberg was responding to questions about Federal Judge Shira Schendlins ruling on the stop-and-frisk program when the topic shifted to security and the New York City Housing Authority. Bloomberg said there has to be a way to make the projects safer. Five percent of our population lives in NYCHA housing, 20 percent of the crime is in NYCHA housing ...
  • Thousands Wait In Line For Subsidized Housing Applications (Chicago)

    08/15/2013 8:06:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    WBBM-TV ^ | August 14, 2013
    Weve seen signs the economy is improving, but in the Edgewater neighborhood today, we saw how many Chicagoans are struggling. CBSs 2 Jim Williams has the story in this original report. It was a desperate attempt for a home: A line of thousands waited on Sheridan Road, north of Foster and around the corner. Many, like Crystal Cooper, had been there all night. Weve been here since 8 oclock last night. We slept in our chairs with our covers, said Cooper....
  • HUD Proposes Plan to Racially, Economically Integrate Neighborhoods

    08/10/2013 5:12:24 PM PDT · by RedStateGuyTrappedinCT · 100 replies
    US News and World Report ^ | August 9, 2013 | Elizabeth Flock
    Move would allow Obama administration to institute policies that would better integrate communities The Department of Housing and Urban Development has proposed a new plan to change U.S. neighborhoods it says are racially imbalanced or are too tilted toward rich or poor, arguing the country's housing policies have not been effective at creating the kind of integrated communities the agency had hoped for. The proposed federal rule, called "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing," is currently under a 60-day public comment period. Though details of how the policy would specifically work are unclear, the rule says HUD would provide states, local governments...
  • What a Section 8 Renter Does to Your House

    08/08/2013 12:31:55 PM PDT · by Jewbacca · 71 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 4, 2013 | Section 8 Landlord
    There is an old program called "Section 8" housing where the US taxpayer gives welfare folks a voucher to rent houses or apartments. In many states (and everywhere, if Obama's HUD prevails), landlords have to accept Section 8 tenants or they get sued or even criminally prosecuted. The link is a video showing what happened to a lovely restored home whose landlord was forced to accept a Section 8 tenant. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAzDaKsBUk0
  • Section 8 Rental - what a sad and upsetting experience

    07/09/2013 10:12:43 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 54 replies
    Owner rented a nice house via Section 8. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMt9hNa_9SA
  • Justice Department Failure: Suit Filed Over DOJ Refusal to Clean Up Voter Rolls

    04/30/2013 1:05:28 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 30, 2013 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    Two Mississippi counties have more eligible voters than residents. The American Civil Rights Union wants local election officials to clean up voter rolls in Mississippi. Last Friday, the group filed suit against two counties that have more registered voters than the Census says they have voting-eligible citizens. The ACRU is stepping into the breach left by the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department. Under Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez (now nominated to head the U.S. Department of Labor), the division has refused to enforce Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act, also known as the Motor Voter...
  • Section 8 housing: Destroying home values and driving up rental prices?

    02/26/2013 6:52:56 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 32 replies
    ABC Action News ^ | 2-19 | Law.TV
    The federal government helps low-income families in need of housing by way of a program named Section 8, which issues rental vouchers for qualifying recipients. The vouchers can be used to pay rent on any property that accepts Section 8 renters. Many factors determine what a monthly stipend rate will be, but household income and headcount are the primary factors. In general, to qualify for Section 8, the family's income may not exceed 50 percent of the median income for the county or metropolitan area in which the family chooses to live. Public housing agencies, or PHAs, collect information on...
  • Section 8 Housing Voucher Distribution Canceled After Thousands Waiting In Line Get Out Of Control

    01/12/2013 12:47:26 PM PST · by Lancey Howard · 32 replies
    Action News - ABC Affiliate WXYZ, Detroit, Michigan ^ | January 12, 2013 | Scripps Media, Inc
    TAYLOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - A chaotic scene erupted at the Taylor Human Services Center when the crowd waiting for a Section 8 housing voucher distribution got out of control. The center is located at Eureka and Lange Roads. That's on Eureka, between Beech Daly and Inkster. Police say thousands of people from all over the area were at the center. Many were homeless, single moms, or disabled. They were hoping to get help paying for their housing from the government. "There was elderly, disabled people, pregnant single women. They were here for help, to get their Section 8 vouchers. It...
  • Section 8 Housing voucher distribution canceled

    01/12/2013 9:00:53 AM PST · by SkyPilot · 48 replies
    ABC Action News ^ | 12 Jan 12 | None
    TAYLOR, Mich. (WXYZ) - A chaotic scene erupted at the Taylor Human Services Center when the crowd waiting for a Section 8 Housing voucher distribution got out of control. The center is located at Eureka and Lange Roads. That's between on Eureka, between Beech Daly and Inkster. Officers say thousands of people from all over the area were at the center at the time of the incident. 7 Action News is being told there were 1,000 vouchers available and 5,000 people showed up trying to get one. The crowd had grown overnight as more and more people arrived. Some of...
  • A Man's Home Is His Subsidy

    01/09/2013 12:13:33 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 9, 2013 | John Stossel
    The Obama administration now proposes to spend millions more on handouts, despite ample evidence of their perverse effects. Shaun Donovan, secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, says, "The single most important thing HUD does is provide rental assistance to America's most vulnerable families -- and the Obama administration is proposing bold steps to meet their needs." They always propose "bold steps." In this case, HUD wants to spend millions more to renew Section 8 housing vouchers that help poor people pay rent. The Section 8 program ballooned during the '90s to "solve" a previous government failure: crime-ridden...
  • Florida Quadel Consulting to lay off 64 in Miami

    12/03/2012 1:47:48 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The South Florida Business Journal ^ | December 3, 2012 | Shaun Bevan
    Miami-based Florida Quadel Consulting filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) notice Monday to inform Florida officials that it plans to lay off 64 workers in South Florida. The current operations of the company, at 7400 Corporate Center Drive in Miami, will be restructured with the opening of a new service center on Feb. 1, according to the notice. --snip-- Florida Quadel Consulting is part of Washington, D.C.-based Quadel Consulting Corp. Quadel provides consulting on public housing, housing choice vouchers, HUD-subsidized multifamily and tax credit programs.
  • Housing vouchers can benefit local economy, federal official says in Cedar Rapids

    11/14/2012 1:52:47 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | November 8, 2012 | Rick Smith
    The city’s Civil Rights Commission has pushed to bring attention to housing discrimination based on how a tenant pays rent, including low-income tenants who qualify for and use Section 8 housing vouchers to help pay for housing. At the commission’s Fair Housing Conference here on Thursday, the regional fair-housing director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development took time to emphasize the value of the sometimes maligned “Section 8″ housing vouchers to both extremely low-income households and to the overall economy. Betty Bottiger, who works in HUD’s regional office in Kansas City, Kan., noted that the agency’s “housing...
  • Some fancy neighborhoods open gates to Section 8 tenants

    09/09/2012 11:20:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | September 8, 2012 | Megan O'Matz, John Maines and Barbara Hijek
    Here's an odd side effect of South Florida's foreclosure crisis: Some immense homes with pools and three-car garages in gated communities are being rented out to unlikely tenants poor people paying with Section 8 aid. Among the properties are homes with up to 4,500 square feet of space in private communities with guardhouses and regal names such as "Monarch Lakes" and "Bellagio at Vizcaya." Some of the owners are teetering on foreclosure and gambling they can earn enough money from the federal housing vouchers to stave off the banks. Others bought the properties cheap in foreclosure auctions and want...
  • Connecticut town sued for allegedly trying to keep out black residents [which it never did]

    08/10/2012 11:15:41 AM PDT · by grundle · 36 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | August 7, 2012 | Victoria Cavaliere
    A small Connecticut town is being sued for allegedly discriminating against minorities in an effort to keep its black population "so low that it does not register above zero percent," according to a federal complaint. The town of Winchester "systematically and unlawfully" works to keep out African-American families by denying access to federal housing vouchers known as Section 8, according to a lawsuit brought by the Connecticut Fair Housing Center and plaintiff Crystal Carter. "We are challenging a pattern of denying minorities fair access to housing," said Greg Kirschner, staff attorney for the Connecticut Fair Housing Center . Carter, a...
  • War Over Section 8? Lancaster Mayor Slams Giving Benefits To Parolees

    04/09/2012 7:22:38 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 16 replies
    CBS) ^ | April 9, 2012 11:25 AM
    LANCASTER (CBS) A Southland mayor on Monday condemned a recent decision by Los Angeles County officials to allow probationers and parolees to have access to taxpayer-subsidized Section 8 housing ahead of seniors and the disabled. City of Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris leveled sharp criticism at the approval by the Board of Supervisors 4-1 vote on April 3 that he said unfairly disadvantaged those families who have been waiting to receiving housing benefits. I am absolutely appalled and disgusted that the Board of Supervisors would allow felons to cut the line for Section 8 housing benefits, said Parris. People...
  • Monument to Fair Housing . . . AKA govt waste on display

    11/01/2011 1:47:41 PM PDT · by marsh-mellow · 3 replies
    Realtor.org ^ | 11/1/11 | Daily Real Estate News
    A monument to honor the Fair Housing movement and the historic struggles against discrimination in housing has taken a step forward in possibly getting its place in the nations capital
  • Federal judge again finds St. Bernard Parish in contempt for racial discrimination

    10/20/2011 5:26:09 PM PDT · by BBell · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Times-Picayune ^ | October 19, 2011 | Benjamin Alexander-Bloch
    A federal judge once again has declared St. Bernard Parish in contempt and subject to monetary damages because it has "doggedly attempted to preserve the pre-Katrina demographics" of its parish by intentionally discriminating against African Americans. U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan this week ruled the parish's continuing attempts to prevent the four Provident Realty Advisors apartments in Chalmette violates the federal Fair Housing Act. Berrigan has referred the decision on amount of damages, reasonable attorneys' fees and costs to a magistrate judge. For six years, St. Bernard has remained in the spotlight over housing restrictions that violate federal civil rights...
  • DOJ Probe To Ensure Minorities Get Federal Housing

    08/22/2011 9:31:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 08/22/2011
    To ensure that low-income minorities get taxpayer-subsidized housing Obamas Department of Justice (DOJ) has launched a nationwide discrimination probe that, ironically, is focusing on an area where the overwhelming number of public housing residents are Latino and black.The investigations are being conducted by the DOJs bloated civil rights division, which is headed by a renowned illegal immigration advocate (Thomas Perez) who once served as president of a taxpayer-funded group (Casa de Maryland) dedicated to helping illegal aliens. A former Maryland Labor Secretary, Perez has made a number of controversial moves at the DOJ to protect illegal immigrants and minorities in...
  • Smart Money: Forget the Market. Buy a House

    08/19/2011 8:01:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Smart Money ^ | 08/19/2011 | Jilian Mincer
    With the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 400 points today, and many market experts predicting more volatility ahead, some advisers are recommending their clients put some of their cash to another use: To buy that house or summer home at the shore. Getty ImagesPotential homebuyers certainly have plenty of incentives: Home prices are still way down in many parts of the country, and mortgage rates are nearing their all-time lows. Consider: The benchmark 30-year fixed-rate mortgage fell 1 basis point this week, to 4.45 percent just a few basis points above the record low hit in October...
  • Raising Hell in Subsidized Housing

    08/19/2011 6:56:10 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    James Bovard ^ | Aug 18. 2011 | James Bovard
    OPINION AUGUST 18, 2011 Raising Hell in Subsidized Housing Section 8 rental subsidies have long helped ruin neighborhoods. Obama administration policies are making things worse. BY JAMES BOVARD Section 8 rental subsidies have long been one of the most controversial federal social programs. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under the Obama administration is making a troubled program worse. In the 1990s, the feds were embarrassed by skyrocketing crime rates in public housingup to 10 times the national average, according to HUD studies and many newspaper reports. The governments response was to hand out vouchers to residents of...
  • U.S. moves to sell, rent 92,000 foreclosures Administration looks for buyers for U.S.-owned REOs

    08/10/2011 2:13:26 PM PDT · by Fred · 31 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 081011 | Ronald D. Orol
    WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) Struggling to clear its inventory of foreclosed properties, the Obama administration said Wednesday its looking for investor ideas for converting more than 92,000 foreclosed properties owned by the U.S. government into rental units, a sign of the depths to which the U.S. housing market has sunk. Exploring new options for selling these foreclosed properties will help expand access to affordable rental housing, promote private investment in local housing markets and support neighborhood and home-price stability, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said in a statement. The Obama administration is working with the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator for...
  • Gov't considers turning foreclosures into rentals

    08/10/2011 11:20:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 86 replies
    AP ^ | Aug 10, 1:18 PM EDT | By DEREK KRAVITZ
    The Obama administration may turn thousands of government-owned foreclosures into rental properties to help boost falling home prices. The Federal Housing Finance Agency said Wednesday it is seeking input from investors on how to rent roughly 250,000 homes owned by government-controlled mortgage companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the Federal Housing Administration. All of the homes are foreclosures. The U.S. government rescued the two mortgage giants in September 2008 and has funded them since the financial crisis. Fannie and Freddie own or guarantee about half of the nation's mortgages and nearly all new mortgages. Converting the homes into rentals...
  • U.S. Weighs Renting Out Foreclosed Homes

    08/09/2011 6:56:32 PM PDT · by maggief · 78 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 9, 2011 | NICK TIMIRAOS
    The Obama administration will announce plans Wednesday to seek investors' ideas for turning thousands of foreclosed properties owned by government-backed entities into rental homes, according to administration officials. The move is intended to put a floor under declining home prices by creating a way to deal with hundreds of thousands of potential foreclosures in coming years. Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac sold a record 100,000 homes during the second quarter. Together with the Federal Housing Administration, the entities owned about 250,000 homes at the end of June, or around half of all unsold, repossessed properties. Another 830,000 homes...
  • Subsidized Housing Tenants Live Large On Your Dime (from the "YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING" file)

    06/30/2011 5:32:34 AM PDT · by Liz · 36 replies
    WMAL News ^ | 6/29/11 | Mark Weaver, WMAL News
    FAIRFAX, Va. -- Resort-style swimming pools with fountains and heated spas, billiards rooms, granite counter tops, ceramic tile, indoor basketball courts, stainless steel appliances -- many Fairfax County taxpayers cannot afford such luxuries. But they are paying for these amenities for use by low-income residents who live in subsidized housing in affluent neighborhoods. "They're a part of our rental program where we subsidize the rents for the individuals in the units, and we end up having to pick up the condo fees," supervisor Pat Herrity told 630 WMAL News. Herrity does not advocate putting low-income residents in "ghetto-style" housing but...
  • Changing Chatham: Neighborhood struggles with class divide (Illinois)

    06/27/2011 8:16:49 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 16 replies
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | June 27, 2011 | Mary Mitchell
    It used to be that, to live in Chatham, you practically had to know someone. As a mother with no husband — despite having a 9-to-5 — my chances of finding a landlord who’d rent me an apartment in one of Chatham’s immaculate three-flats were slim. The landlords there could afford to be picky. Few of them would rent to you just because you told them you were a mom desperate to move to a neighborhood where you didn’t have to worry about gangs and guns. That’s another thing that’s different about Chatham these days. Looking for the new Chatham,...
  • Housing vouchers a golden ticket to pricey suburbs

    06/26/2011 1:24:04 PM PDT · by bigtoona · 83 replies
    CHARLOTTE It was clear that Liza Jacksons luck had changed when she drove her pearl-white Dodge sedan, the one with the huge pink plastic eyelashes over the headlights, into Pinebrook, an eight-year-old subdivision where residents tend to notice cars with huge pink eyelashes. There goes the neighborhood, one homeowner said when she heard that her potential new neighbor had a federal housing voucher known as a Section 8.
  • Poverty Inc.: The Sack of Huntsville

    06/24/2011 10:09:44 PM PDT · by wizkid · 28 replies
    JohnQuincy ^ | 06/19/2011 | WizKid
    In the Spring of 1968 at the Bing Nursery School in Palo Alto California, America came to an end. Within its walls, the elites learned just how cheaply our souls could be had: All it cost was a couple of minutes and one marshmallow per soul on average.
  • Police: Motive Unknown in San Diego Murder-Suicide

    05/25/2011 9:27:43 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 6 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 25, 2011 | AP
    SAN DIEGO The parents were hard-working owners of a towing business. Their 17-year-old daughter was excited about this weekend's prom and preparing for college. Their 9-year-old girl played with children in the neighborhood. All four were found dead in a backyard swimming pool and a bathtub in what police are calling a murder-suicide, stunning neighbors and friends who said they saw no signs of trouble. Police said one of the four family members committed suicide but declined to say which one. The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office was expected to rule on the causes of death as early...
  • Public Housing Likely for Suburbs of Green Township Ohio

    04/02/2011 9:49:18 AM PDT · by Howard Morrison · 10 replies
    Cincinnati News | April 1, 2011 | Howard
    Green Township is being singled out because federal investigators believe the housing authority blocked new public housing there for at least the past two years. More public housing for the poor is likely headed to Green Township and some other communities as part of a deal to resolve a discrimination complaint against Cincinnati's housing authority.
  • Welfare Use by Immigrant Households with Children: Panel to Examine New Report with Latest Data

    03/30/2011 1:01:11 AM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 3/29/11
    Welfare Use by Immigrant Households with Children: Panel to Examine New Report with Latest Data Tue Mar 29, 7:50 am ET WASHINGTON, March 29, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new Center for Immigration Studies report finds that, 13 years after welfare reform, the share of immigrant-headed households (legal and illegal) with a child (under age 18) using at least one welfare program continues to be very high. This is partly due to the large share of immigrants with low levels of education and their resulting low incomes not their legal status or an unwillingness to work. The major welfare programs...
  • Dropout rate for Calif. black students hits 37%

    12/09/2010 10:51:40 AM PST · by Amerikan_Samurai · 79 replies · 1+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 8, 2010 | Jill Tucker,
    More than a third of California's African American public high school students dropped out before graduation day, a startling number and one that's on the rise, according to 2009 data released Tuesday. The 37 percent African American dropout rate, up three percentage points from the prior year, was far above that of any other ethnic subgroup. Hispanic students had the second highest rate at 27 percent. Locally, San Francisco cautiously celebrated a 9 percent overall dropout rate, a stark contrast to Oakland's 40 percent, numbers still under review for accuracy. The statewide statistics highlight a pervasive achievement gap in test...
  • No U-turn over housing benefit: Cameron refuses to back down over cap amid 'social cleansing claims'

    10/27/2010 3:21:47 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Last updated at 4:21 PM on 27th October 2010 | By Daily Mail Reporter
    David Cameron today defended the Government's plans to limit housing benefit, saying it was not fair for working people to see their taxes used to fund homes 'they couldn't even dream of'. The Prime Minister dismissed reports there could be a climbdown over the proposals, telling Labour leader Ed Miliband: 'We are going forward with all the proposals we put in the spending review and in the Budget'.
  • Suburbs take hit as US poverty climbs in downturn

    WASHINGTON The American suburb is no longer a refuge from poverty in cities. A pair of analyses by the nonprofit Brookings Institution paints a bleak economic picture for the 100 largest metropolitan areas over the past decade and in coming years, and finds that suburbs now are home to one-third of the nation's poor, and rising. The study of census data finds that since 2000, the number of poor people in the suburbs jumped by 37.4 percent to 13.7 million. The growth rate of suburban poverty is more than double that of cities and higher than the national rate...
  • Cities often give short shrift to affordable housing ($700 million missing in CA)

    10/06/2010 11:25:04 AM PDT · by Lorianne · 7 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 03 October 2010 | Jessica Garrison, Kim Christensen and Doug Smith
    At least 120 municipalities spent a combined $700 million in housing funds from 2000 to 2008 without constructing a single new unit, a Times analysis of state data shows. Nor did most of them add to the housing stock by rehabilitating existing units. ___ TITLE BURIES LEAD ___ Second of two parts Cities across California have skirted or ignored laws requiring them to build affordable homes and in the process mismanaged hundreds of millions in taxpayer dollars, a Times investigation has found. At least 120 municipalities nearly one in three with active redevelopment agencies spent a combined...
  • There Really Is Something Rotten in the Justice Department

    09/08/2010 8:56:49 AM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 9/8/10 | Hans A. von Spakovsky
    The Washington Times lead editorial today is about the Justice Department enabling voter fraud just in time for the November elections. This is due to the Departments refusal to enforce the part of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act that requires states to remove ineligible voters from their registration rolls people who have died or moved away, and felons who have not yet had their voting rights restored. The longer such names remain on a registration list, the greater the chances that a fraudulent vote will be cast in their names. I reported in 2009 that...
  • Investigators arrest Section 8 cheating suspects

    09/02/2010 10:04:54 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 29 replies
    Atlanta Constitution ^ | 1 Sep 10 | Craig Schneider and Rhonda Cook
    Georgia investigators started arresting about 80 people around the state Wednesday for allegedly lying their way into federally funded Section 8 housing. Georgia Bureau of Investigation Director Vernon Keenan said 63 people were arrested by Wednesday evening and more will follow in coming weeks. The announcement of further arrests was intended as a threat toward Section 8 cheaters across the state. Keenan invited those who have erred on their Section 8 forms to come forward, since they could receive leniency. Those found cheating would have to leave the housing and pay back what they owe, but they might not face...
  • Gotta say this about the Section 8 crowd

    08/16/2010 8:49:59 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 82 replies
    agc.com ^ | August 13, 2010 | Neal Boortz
    Some things need to be said about the mob that showed up to glom some applications for Section 8 welfare housing in East Point this week, and Im your guy the (ahem) author of The New York Times best-seller Somebodys Gotta Say It. My experience with these Section 8 clients goes back to the mid-1970s when I had a law office at the First National Bank building in Decatur. It was my misfortune to occupy an office down the hall from the Decatur Housing Authority. Being a quick learner, I figured out I needed to be somewhere else on...
  • East Point housing: Today's line short -- and short-lived (Huge crowd for Section 8 application)

    08/12/2010 4:35:29 AM PDT · by Pearls Before Swine · 53 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | August 8, 2010 | MIke Morris & Rhonda Cook
    East Point residents began lining up to turn in Section 8 housing applications before daybreak Thursday, a day after a crowd of 30,000 mobbed a shopping center to pick up the forms. This time, less than a dozen people were in line. [Goes on to describe yesterday's chaos in the heat]
  • Housing Bust Opens New Doors for Subsidized Tenants (in luxury apartments)

    08/02/2010 8:50:10 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 35 replies · 5+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 2, 2010 | DAWN WOTAPKA
    ... The program, known as Section 8, has for decades put families in functional but basic homes and apartments, sometimes in less-than-desirable communities. But overbuilding during the housing boom has left so many homes available that landlords, desperate for renters, are wooing Section 8 recipients, whose government subsidies, delivered electronically, guarantee the landlord gets paid. As a result, Section 8 recipients suddenly have a housing smorgasbord. Plenty of average housing stock remains in many places, but in certain markets, there are also more upscale selections. On the website GoSection8.com, landlords nationwide tout boom-era showpiecesreplete with "great rooms," backyard swimming pools...
  • Judge frees jailed mom of 15; kids stay in foster care

    05/18/2010 3:52:00 PM PDT · by Hotmetal · 9 replies · 474+ views
    Tampa Tribune ^ | May 4, 2010 | Keith Morelli
    Saying she did not wish to burden the taxpayers any longer, a circuit judge this morning released Angel Adams, the homeless mother of 12 dependent children who was jailed last week after refusing