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(ABC7 Los Angeles)   Where finding affordable housing is winning the I Wish Sweepstakes   (abc7.com) divider line
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2022-10-04 9:56:38 PM  
The Section 8 waiting list has been closed since 2017 and more than 365,000 applications are expected to come in this year.

This is really a travesty. It's not just closing a program down for 5 years, it's hundreds of thousands of people trying to get affordable housing.

California's budget surplus was 97 billion. You could use that money to spend more than 300,000 on each of the expected section 8 applicants in this particular case.

Obviously LA is not the ONLY place in California requiring section 8 housing, but hopefully you get my point. Start putting the money to GOOD use.
 
2022-10-04 9:59:10 PM  
People on Section 8 normally have been through all kinds of bureaucratic bullshiat. I've had Section 8 renters for years. They've been much better tenants than anyone else. I get a monthly check from the housing authority and they try to pay the difference in cash. If they keep the place nice, I'll let a short on the difference slide.
 
2022-10-04 10:00:59 PM  
When I visit California, I always browse through Zillow listings just to see what's up, and honestly, it baffles me how anyone making less than $400k per years can live there.
 
2022-10-04 10:22:05 PM  

Ragin' Asian: People on Section 8 normally have been through all kinds of bureaucratic bullshiat. I've had Section 8 renters for years. They've been much better tenants than anyone else. I get a monthly check from the housing authority and they try to pay the difference in cash. If they keep the place nice, I'll let a short on the difference slide.


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2022-10-04 10:26:38 PM  
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A woman demanding to put on the Section 8 waiting list.
 
2022-10-04 11:23:20 PM  

bdub77: The Section 8 waiting list has been closed since 2017 and more than 365,000 applications are expected to come in this year.

This is really a travesty. It's not just closing a program down for 5 years, it's hundreds of thousands of people trying to get affordable housing.

California's budget surplus was 97 billion. You could use that money to spend more than 300,000 on each of the expected section 8 applicants in this particular case.

Obviously LA is not the ONLY place in California requiring section 8 housing, but hopefully you get my point. Start putting the money to GOOD use.


Yeah but when I point out CA has a massive surplus people on Fark always tell me that's a good thing.

They are being over taxed and not reaping the benefits they claim the taxes are for.
 
2022-10-05 12:00:20 AM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: bdub77: The Section 8 waiting list has been closed since 2017 and more than 365,000 applications are expected to come in this year.

This is really a travesty. It's not just closing a program down for 5 years, it's hundreds of thousands of people trying to get affordable housing.

California's budget surplus was 97 billion. You could use that money to spend more than 300,000 on each of the expected section 8 applicants in this particular case.

Obviously LA is not the ONLY place in California requiring section 8 housing, but hopefully you get my point. Start putting the money to GOOD use.

Yeah but when I point out CA has a massive surplus people on Fark always tell me that's a good thing.

They are being over taxed and not reaping the benefits they claim the taxes are for.


Don't worry. They'll spend the money, but only on programs that have to be funded every year, like section 8. Then when they don't have an economic boom (which is already happening), they'll have to raise taxes.  Of course, the next time there's a boom, they'll over-promise again.  Leather, rinse, see you in Texas.
 
2022-10-05 3:20:31 AM  
I think the argument about spending the surplus is arguing the wrong point.   Almost 1 in 4 rental households (345,000 on waiting list + 56,000 getting help)/(1799952 rental households in LA county 2020 Census) are too poor to pay rent.  Spending the surplus is like deciding the solution to COVID is to start a program to buy more ventilators every year and ignoring vaccinations and social distancing.  Its treating a horrible symptom and you will never have resources to treat it but ignoring the cause of it.

The disease is  landlords charging too much for overvalued real estate and underpaying way too many people for the cost of living in the market.  Sure they need to spend some of the money in the short term to relieve the suffering but they need to stop the causes or the money will run out and the disease will still be a problem.  Poverty doesn't go away by paying 1 month's rent. It goes away by having the income of the person trying to pay it be enough to cover it without help.

Governments, like people, need to put some money away for rainy days. California should be able to see a metaphorical hurricane on the horizon with natural disasters like the inevitable 7.8+ earthquake and massive wildfires from drought caused by  climate change.  Now's the time to spend money to care for the poor uncle but the state can't afford to spend it all in 1 year and have nothing left in the bank when the house burns down.  They need to get the people out of poverty so some of them also can afford rainy day funds when disaster strikes.
 
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