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HUD, which should be looking out for the poor when it comes to housing, really seems to be doing quite the opposite lately.  They are saying affordable housing creates segregation, and even though getting a gift for a down payment is just fine, DAP’s are now not okay.  What’s the deal?



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"How HUD is Crushing the Housing Dreams of the Poor"

  1. Donna Paul says:

    I live in NYC and I don’t understand how this could happen in our town. Although, I don’t do business in those neighborhoods I think for the individuals who are trying to buy a home it would be more difficult. What can we do to help those individuals who are looking to make a better life for themselves and for their families. We have to say and do something.

  2. Jason says:

    Maybe we should spend a little less money of giving free rent to people. Maybe we should more money on educating poor people on how to not be poor. The difference between a poor person and a not poor person is attitude (and a little education). It not directly related to race.

  3. Mark Robinson says:

    The policy is right. When you concentrate the poor into narrow corridors the the removal of higher level services (schools, shopping, etc) happens and the cycle of poverty if driven to fulfillment. I was bused to school which I learned in later years was a tool to desegregate. The schools in my immediate area were poor but a 20 minute bus trip to a school only a few miles away gave me a much better education. I also went to a high school that was one of the best in the city on a scholarship. Without the help I would not be able to afford it.
    We were the first African American family to move to the town I live in now. My children were routinely stopped by the police (who refused to identify themselves and why when we called). When we had a sit down with the police chief to address the issues he said “we watched your house for about a year and decided your family wouldn’t me a problem…”
    I’m not talking about the 50’s or 60’s. This is relatively current news.
    What they are trying to do is give everyone access to the same opportunities.

  4. Brenda Brazeau says:

    Is it just me that finds it appalling that I am paying out of my taxes for someone to live in section 8 housing for $1500-$2500 a month!!!!! Are you kidding me?? That is double my mortgage payment! I can’t even think about the policy’s with that slap in the face. How about we bring the housing costs in those areas under control, so people (even the people who work in the municipalities they live) can afford to live there. Or unfortunately people will have to choose a different place to live that is more affordable!!! No wonder taxes in NYS are so utterly out of control!!!!

  5. Don Steele says:

    So. The possibility of wealth generation through any means is now taken away. Savings, retirement, health care and housing are now going to be in the hands of the government saying that “I am the government and I am here to help” you from our policies by creating programs to make you more dependent on us for the solution to the problems we created. Nice.

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