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Tuesday, June 27, 2006

What Your Options Are...Affordable Public Housing...

 
Affordable public housing is for ANYONE who is eligible under the current rules...
$5.15 an hour adds up to $206.00 weekly without taxes taken out and around $10,712.00 annually without taxes taken. If benefits are available (most often they are not) then a working person would also pay the same price for all of the same basic needs that others do....They can't, it is impossible. The disparity begins with the federal minimum wage, in the United States. Some states are doing the right thing by their workers with higher starting wages, but a higher cost of living still cancels out a living wage through out this country of mine. The argument to keep the wage suppressed is baseless, it is the same argument used when the ADA was going into effect in the early 1990's. Certain business leaders, who also dabbled in politics whined the loudest and the longest. They are still doing business. Wink...




Common Affordable Rental Housing Programs
Public Housing
  • Very affordable rents based upon income (30% of household income with 1 full time worker making $5.15 hourly, might pay $260 monthly)
  • Variety of styles (apartments, single family, townhome) and amenities
  • Local housing authority is access point for a bigger number of units
  • Most units cost 30% of gross adjusted family income
  • Possibly choices limited
  • Some units older
  • Waiting lists can be long or closed
Section 8 Housing
  • Very affordable rents
  • Variety of housing styles
  • Many different landlords and property managers participate
  • Some units have a low fixed rent amount
  • Most units cost 30% of household adjusted gross income
  • Each owner maintains a separate waiting list
  • Travel and calling from the waiting list to find how to apply and whose open
  • Waiting lists can be closed or long
Section 8 Voucher Housing
  • Very affordable rents based on income
  • Choose the place you want to live and possibly current property owner may accept voucher
  • Sometimes subsidy can be retained
  • A passed inspection before subsidy payments can start
  • 30% to 40% of gross adjusted income
  • Apply to an agency to get a voucher
  • Waiting list can be long or closed
  • Still have to apply to property to rent
  • Credit and history check
  • Some properties reject vouchers
  • The agency will identify an eligible rent amount


May 4, 2006 - HANO Silence Woke the People...

June 4, 2006 - The Right


June 25, 2006 - His-Story

June 27, 2006 - The Washington Post...Suit Filed New Orleans...

Link to The Times Picayune story Wednesday June 28, 2006 - HANO & HUD in Suit Filed....A Special "Thank You" to Gwen Filosa for sticking with the peoples plight to affordable housing....

The Advancement Project...

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