Comfortably dependent

by Raven on January 9, 2013

in National Shames


Many people on the left believe government subsidized housing is a human right. The current leadership of the US is pushing for more funding for Section 8 housing communities.

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.

Vulnerable families? Oh you mean those single women who keep having babies because heck they have no birth control nothing else to do? They can’t work, because they have too many kids to place in day care…they can’t further their education because, again, the costs of day care is too high for them.

“On paper, Section 8 seems like it should be successful,” says Donald Gobin, a Section 8 landlord in New Hampshire. “But unless tenants have some unusual fire in their belly, the program hinders upward mobility.”

Gobin complains that his tenants are allowed to use Section 8 subsidies for an unlimited amount of time. There is no work requirement. Recipients can become comfortably dependent on government assistance.

In Gobin’s over 30 years of renting to Section 8 tenants, he has seen only one break free of the program. Most recipients stay on Section 8 their entire lives. They use it as a permanent crutch.

Comfortably dependent. I wince at that phrase but sadly it is so true. Where is the incentive to move upward and onward?

Section 8 handouts are meant to be generous enough that tenants may afford a home defined by HUD as decent, safe and sanitary. In its wisdom, the bureaucracy has ruled that “decent, safe and sanitary” may require subsidies as high as $2,200 per month. But because of that, Section 8 tenants often get to live in nicer places than those who pay their own way.

Let’s not forget where that $2200 monthly payment comes from (the working people’s wallet).

Once people are reliant on Section 8 assistance, many do everything in their power to keep it. Some game the system by working under the table so that they do not lose the subsidy. One of Gobin’s lifetime Section 8 tenants started a cooking website. She made considerable money from it, so she went to great lengths to hide the site from her case manager, running it under a different name.

“Here’s a lady that could definitely work. She actually showed me how to get benefits and play the system,” says Gobin.

And here lies another problem. People who get by, quite well, while on the government toll, teach their kids that these acts of theft are ok. Kids grow up thinking it’s ok to lie about jobs and income if they are willing to work. What happens when the day comes there are more people living off the government, than there are working to support them all? (Oh yeah! Just raise the taxes!)

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