Originally, this site focused on the stigma of public housing tenants, as is reflected in my earlier posts. In the interest of being fair and balanced, this website is expanding in scope to include the concerns and experiences of homeowners who are affected by public housing and the Section 8 program. This blog has evolved over time to become more comprehensive and will continue to evolve. I get a lot of my article ideas from readers who comment, so the more my readers comment, the more research I do!
WHY HAS SECTION 8 COME TO MY NEIGHBORHOOD?
Since the US government enacted the HOPE VI Program in 1992 over 200,000 public housing units have been demolished. A small percentage of former project tenants were placed in mixed-income developments, but many were issued housing vouchers which pay a portion of their rent and they have been moving into mainstream communities. They may use the housing vouchers to rent an apartment through a Section 8 landlord. In some states, like Massachusetts, all landlords must accept the housing vouchers. In some cities, this is already resulting in neighborhood decline. Homeowners frustrated with problem Section 8 tenants and lack of community support are selling their houses and moving en masse to more expensive neighborhoods, hoping to regain their quality of life.
SHOULD I SET A TIMELINE FOR MOVING OUT?
Next week: How to approach your local civic group about problem Section 8 tenants.