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September 20, 2012

Nancy asks…

what is the difference between section 8 and low income housing?

Ok im a little, alot confused. I need help with housing because i and 4 other people got laid off at my job “lowes” in south carolina. i have never done the whole welfare thing so i know nothing about it. i have a 9month old child, live with my mother and she really doesnt have the space in her home. i cannot afford to just get an apartment that i’ll have to pay like 500+ for rent and utilities. so really i have no choice but to apply for some type of housing. Now my question is, would LOW INCOME HOUSING be the same as APPLYING FOR SECTION 8? with low income housing could i just go to a landlord that owns an apartment complex where he offers low income apartments and i wont have to apply for anything? or will i still have to go through the section 8 thing where i am put on a waiting list? i live in the state of south carolina, like i said im not really familiar with welfare so i have no clue where to start

Administrator answers:

Not all low income housing is “Section 8″ housing. Section 8 is a reference to the portion of the U.S. Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 under which the original subsidy program was authorized. Laws cover this program in Title 42, Chapter 8, Section 1437f.

You can have a Section 8 voucher and live in any apartment or house that the owner is willing to rent and participate in the program. The county Housing Authority that issues the voucher has guidelines for income as well as rent amount. However, it takes a few years in most places to get a voucher and even if you found a building where every apartment is Sec 8 there is still a waiting list.

You can find “affordable” low income units but you have to apply directly to those buildings. You can do a search online for them or ask about subsidized apartments at the Housing agency. There are tax credit programs where a property owner gets a break on taxes if he rents some of his apartments to low income tenants. Some affordable apartments have a waitlist of a few weeks or months only.

Daniel asks…

Family, or household? my fiance and I need Section 8 help!?

ok, so…. to be clear. I’m 18 years old. will be 19 this coming sep. 7th. i am engaged (secretly, so as not to put the relationship under any extra stress caused by family drama.) my fiance is 20 (21 next April) we currently live in his mother’s home, and every day is a battle. she hates me for no apperant reason, and puts my fiance down every chance she gets. he works a full time job (roughly 35 hours per week) and is our only source of income. (i am trying vehemently to find work, but no luck yet.) he currently pays her 25 dollars a week in rent (100 dollars a month) and all our groceries. we would like to find a place of our own, ideally through the help of a housing choice voucher. i know that to do this, you have to make 50% less than the median income for your area, either household or family. we make more than the household, but not the family. do we count as a family since we are engaged, or do we have to tie the knot? if we make too much for the voucher program can we still get some form of help through section 8 (or anyhing else)? we both feel financially crushed and want out of this place so bad. any info would help.

Administrator answers:

You have to be married, not shacking up, and you also need kids. Don’t go having kids just so that you can live in low income apartments though. That is low.

Chris asks…

Neighbors harassing me what can I do?

Neighbors harassing me i have told the landlord he has done nothing?
it’s 2 family house also basement is being occupied by a family member of owner which has complained about there noise as well, my neighbor is a chronic complainer the floors are squeaky nothing i can do about that even when i go up and down the stairs its a problem how else will i get my kids off to school??? ok she lives on section 8 housing assistance, she has her husband living there he is not on the lease he has verbally abused me many time she as well he smokes weeds constantly have to close my windows bc of the smell. the landlord knows he is not suppose to be there , they also threaten to have there Pitt bull attack me twice, I live alone with 2 children and constantly watching my back, i am very quiet hardly ever have company my daughter is autistic so she kinda does drag her feet but I’m kinda tired of having to remind her how to walk and living on eggshells is really depressing my health please any help as to what i can do would be greatly appreciated also this women take medication for back pain which she tot tally abuses I’m even afraid her burning the house down as she smoke and nods off when she is on her meds.
I do believe the landlord is afraid of them and they are definitely juicing the government bc he does work and she just stays home while section 8 pays their rent i would like to know if the landlord is responsible to removing him ? at least with just her there i wouldn’t feel so threaten my lease is up July 31 i asked the landlord to relieve me from my lease he said he wouldn’t do no such thing bc he would lose his rights as a landlord?

Administrator answers:

Put all of your concerns in writing to the landlord and go from there. This gives you a paper trail to show that you have tried to get everything resolved, but your landlord has refused to act on it.

If you are sure that the husband is working and the housing assistance department is unaware of it or that he should not be there, you should definitely contact them and file a complaint. I have seen complaints to them and they will come and inspect the home. It is best to have your landlord do it, but I doubt he would since he is getting guaranteed rent every month from this.

Paul asks…

DOES THIS SOUND LEGAL FOR A LANDLORD?

Ok. I’ve given my landlord a 30 day notice that I plan to move out due to I’d lost my job and did not want to be a financial burden on her, well she agree and decided to make things easier that she would let my deposit go towards feb rent and bill me out for jan. (cool I thought). Well I call her up about a week later to advise her that i got a letter from section 8 that my name came up to the top of the list and I need to submit everything so that they can start to process me and if she could spare me the 2 addt’l weeks in the house until then (Hurray I thought). Well her entire demeanor changed then. She then told me she needed $2100 for me to stay in the house until the end of feb. Well I dam near lost it, I’m thinking I told my landlord I lost my job, which was the reason I was moving. Then she came up with this “great proposal” for me to rent from her and she eats the cost of the damage from the other home as long as I rent my section 8 from her. well it included me paying her $1500 (which I paid $500) and still renting from her. well I told her I don’t see where the great deal was due to i was pretty much paying the entire balance. when i told that i didn’t understand the deal but i was willing to give an addt’l $500, she was willing to take that. I still needed to make sure that this was a deal that i wanted and i continued to think about, so i asked my dad what he thought, cause every comment my landlord made she threaten my section 8 that she would hold it up or that i wouldn’t even get my section 8 if i didn’t see things her way. so my dad called her to get the balance (since i’m an only child they tend to help me out fiancially when needed).. when she got that call she texted me like crazy telling me she going to the attorney office in the morning with the sheriff to have me evicted (at this point i’m confused), telling me to get ready to play cause she tried to work with me but she will be speaking with section 8 and filing a complaint on me (and I’m wondering, what did i do to foster a complaint and i’m not technically in section 8 system yet) so i texted her back to do what she needed to do (section 8 counselor assured me multi-times that she can not stop or evict my voucher due to i don’t have a voucher to evict yet).. she kept texting me FOR AN ENTIRE 1 HOUR AND 1/2.. i politely texted her back i heard everything she said and to please quit texting me (MIND YOU SHE’S NEVER TALKED/TEXTED ME THIS LATE).. and oh my gosh she texted me back…this is your decision, good bye.. for anyone that knows anything about section 8 and or landlord tentant info.. does this sound normal for a landlord to do?????

Administrator answers:

Your landlady sounds like she has an entire flock of ‘bats in her belfry’. I’d be looking to move elsewhere regardless of what she offers. And, I am a landlord myself. She sounds nuttier than a holiday fruitcake.

Charles asks…

What is your opinion on this statement?

By Patrick J. Buchanan

Barack says we need to have a conversation about race in America . Fair enough. But this time, it has to be a two-way conversation. White America needs to be heard from, not just lectured to…. This time, the Silent Majority needs to have its convictions, grievances and demands heard. And among them are these:

First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known. Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.

Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the ‘ 60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans , legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream. Governments, businesses and colleges have engaged in discrimination against white folks — with affirmative action, contract set-asides and quotas — to advance black applicants over white applicants. Churches, foundations, civic groups, schools and individuals all over America have donated their time and money to support soup kitchens, adult education, day care, retirement and nursing homes for blacks.

We hear the grievances. Where is the gratitude???

Barack talks about new ‘ladders of opportunity’ for blacks. Let him go to Altoona ? And Johnstown , and ask the white kids in Catholic schools how many were visited lately by Ivy League recruiters handing out scholarships for ‘deserving’ white kids.? Is white America really responsible for the fact that the crime and incarceration rates for African-Americans are seven times those of white America ? Is it really white America ‘s fault that illegitimacy in the African-American community has hit 70 percent and the black dropout rate from high schools in some cities has reached 50 percent?

Is that the fault of white America or, first and foremost, a failure of the black community itself?

As for racism, its ugliest manifestation is in interracial crime, and especially interracial crimes of violence. Is Barack Obama aware that while white criminals choose black victims 3 percent of the time, black criminals choose white victims 45 percent of the time?

Is Barack aware that black-on-white rapes are 100 times more common than the reverse, that black-on-white robberies were 139 times as common in the first three years of this decade as the reverse?

We have all heard ad nauseam from the Rev. Al about Tawana Brawley , the Duke rape case and Jena . And all turned out to be hoaxes. But about the epidemic of black assaults on whites that are real, we hear nothing.

Sorry, Barack, some of us have heard it all before, about 40 years and 40 trillion tax dollars ago.

We are a Christian Nation even if Mr. Obama says we are not.

This needs to be passed around because, this is a message everyone needs to hear!!!

OK………will you pass it on ?

Administrator answers:

It’s writer has made very valid points and statements.

Joseph asks…

How does this voicemail advetisement sound? (I have it written out if you could read and approve/improve) ?

When people call my hotline for homes to rent, I read this rough draft with the correct information filled in…does everything sound ok? Or is there something I should change…grammar…wording…??? Let me know, anything to improve it thanks, I use it on everything and hundreds of people will be calling and hearing me read this on the voicemail.
Thanks so much!! Best Answer will be given ASAP and everyone gets a point for answering =]
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Hello and thank you for calling regarding our __ Bedroom __ Bath Home for rent located at ___________________ in _________ for $_____ a month along with a $_____ deposit.

Please keep in mind that the owner will pay for:
water, sewer, and trash pick up. Additionally, there is no charge for a credit check fee.

We regret to inform you that at this time we are no longer able to accept section 8 or any other kind of government assistance.

We have English and Spanish applications available. Please stop by for a tour during our Open House which will be held Saturday and Sunday between the hours of: 12 Noon & 6 PM.

We are located near Chestnut and Kings Canyon.

For Easy Directions take:
Take Highway 180 to Chestnut, go South on Chestnut
Pass Kings Canyon, Pass Butler,
The first street on your right is Hamilton Ave, make a right.
Make another right on Recreation Ave,
And a Right on ORLEANS. The spelling is O-R-L-E-A-N-S

The home will have a For Rent Sign in the yard and will be open for you to walk through. Once again the address is _________________________________ in _________________.

Come by Saturday & Sunday, take a tour, pick up an application, and we’ll see you soon! Thank you for calling, & have a great day.

Administrator answers:

I think it sounds great

Sharon asks…

I’m currently in a custody battle with the mother of my niece and nephew?

Ok, I have temporary custody notarized by a judge of my 2 year old niece and my 3 year old nephew since 2009, but I’ve actually been taking care of them since she was 2 weeks old and he was 5 months old. My husband and I have been providing this children including my 1 1/2 year old son with food, clothing, shelter and love of a parent. Their biological mother hasn’t been in the picture until now. She had put a motion to regain custody back of the children because she has DYFS on her back because of a child endangerment case with her other 3 children. Her motivation of regaining custody back of the children I have was because she was receiving welfare benefits and cash assistance for the children and was afraid of getting caught, but….on the 23rd, we had our motion hearing (which I refused to sign and she was not granted visitations rights) my attorney sent out an affidavit to the prosecutor that dealt with us that day on the 23rd, stating that she was receiving welfare benefits of the children while not having custody of them. I’m guessing the prosecutor called welfare and reported her and all of her benefits including the ones of the other 3 children were canceled until further investigation. The home she’s living in now is through section 8 and welfare was helping her by paying the full rent. We’re schedule for custody seminar on April 8th and if anything doesn’t gets resolve that date…then the case will be sent out for a hearing in front of a judge. The mother hasn’t done anything for this children. She doesn’t call, to check up on them, she doesn’t help AT ALL. I don’t want to disrespect her in any way, but I look at her as a surrogate mother, because she dropped this children at my house and never picked them up. I stepped up and took care of them and now after all this time she wants to become the MOTHER OF THE YEAR and try to be the mother she never was to the children, just because she has DYFS on her back. A mother is a person who steps up and takes responsibilities and care for a child. Now, my questions are: Could she lose her apartment because her welfare benefits are canceled?…..I don’t wish her anything bad, but would that benefit us during the plenary hearing?……I’m aware of her having the upper hands, just because she’s the biological mother, but what are my chances of continuing having custody of my niece and nephew?….Oh by the way the biological father is my bother and he’s incarcerated. I have proof of the her current child endangerment case (she left her other 3 children with a man that’s mentally unstable and was drunk at the time while she went out drinking. The man threatened the kids by saying he was going to cut their fingers and toes and cut himself to let the children know that he was serious) and many other things she had done.

Administrator answers:

Most likely she won’t get them back. They will probably set up some sort of supervised vistation. Make her take parenting classes. She might lose her home. Section 8 isn’t to fond of ppl whom steal from the state as she was doing. I thank you for taking the two innoscent children whom needed someone like u to love them and care for them. Thank you so much. Tell the judge that u and your husband have been careing for them and since u have had them she hasn’t called helped out in anyway or not even a letter. God bless you. I wish you the best in april and please let me know how it goes. I hope u win. She isn’t a mother. She is a person who needs to get fixed and sign her rights over to u. U will be in my prayers

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