Low-income housing branches out in Fr...

Low-income housing branches out in Franklin County

There are 50 comments on the Public Opinion story from Jun 12, 2008, titled Low-income housing branches out in Franklin County. In it, Public Opinion reports that:

Low-income housing is finding a foothold outside the boroughs of Franklin County.

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Since: Jun 08

Biglerville, PA

#1 Jun 13, 2008
i don't consider $803 a month cheap rent
Joe

New Castle, DE

#2 Jun 13, 2008
This is subsidized housing. Federal housing vouchers provide rent assistance to enable low income households to afford decent housing in the private rental market. Tenants contribute 30 percent of household income to rent, the voucher covers the rest up to the HUD-set “fair market rent”. "Valley Housing is serving a different niche," Zehler said. "We're challenged to deal with fair-market rent." What Hook's story does not tell readers is who are the owners and investors in The Valley Housing Development Corporation and the extent of subsidies it's getting to construct the housing. Never believe for a minute that it's an effort predicated on altrustic motives. So, where's the "rest of the story" Jim Hook?
Marlene

New Castle, DE

#3 Jun 13, 2008
single and free wrote:
i don't consider $803 a month cheap rent
You're right.$803/month is not the TOTAL rent being paid. You, and other taxpayers, are paying the balance of "fair market" rent. It's subsidized housing. Taxpayer dollars are involved.
anonymous

Bayville, NJ

#4 Jun 13, 2008
Wow-$803.00 a month is more than we pay on our mortgage.
Stanley

New Castle, DE

#5 Jun 13, 2008
anonymous wrote:
Wow-$803.00 a month is more than we pay on our mortgage.
This is NEW housing. Depending on the cost of construction per square foot, Valley Housing may be getting enough subsidies to cover the cost-of-contruction which means taxpayers (you) are handing the housing units to them for free and they'll earn profit from the rent income in years ahead. It is true that the rich get richer and one way is to take advantage of government subsidies.
alrighty then

South Plainfield, NJ

#6 Jun 13, 2008
Single and free, I don't either. I live in private housing (ie: rent from a landlord) and I pay $680 for a 3 bd duplex. Yes, I know I have a good deal..but one would expect a similar price for public housing.
Helen

New Castle, DE

#7 Jun 13, 2008
alrighty then wrote:
Single and free, I don't either. I live in private housing (ie: rent from a landlord) and I pay $680 for a 3 bd duplex. Yes, I know I have a good deal..but one would expect a similar price for public housing.
How do you expect the investors in Valley Housing to make profit? It's guvmint money, honey, so who cares?(They think). Taxpayers should care.
annoyed

United States

#10 Jun 13, 2008
i always thought if you were caught with drugs, had a drug conviction you couldnt live in government housing. Is someone not doing there job in the Housing Authority.
Gladys

New Castle, DE

#11 Jun 13, 2008
annoyed wrote:
i always thought if you were caught with drugs, had a drug conviction you couldnt live in government housing. Is someone not doing there job in the Housing Authority.
HUD does not enforce the rules. It is, after all, the government. The government cannot efficiently manage anything. Then too, it takes someone with courage to report the wrongdoing there. Who among the residents is up to that?
alrighty then

South Plainfield, NJ

#12 Jun 13, 2008
I think they over look alot in the housing projects. However people who are trying and have a legitimate need and work, have ahard time getting in. They scratch alot of backs over there. If you cross the wrong "landlord" you won't get in. even if you have proof that said landlord was lying (for instance said landlord says they took you to court and got an eviction and $1000 settlement) but you have proof from the courts that they never took you, and you even bring your pastor to the hearing. They'll still deny you, because someone in the office is friends with the ex-landlord's wife. Doesn't matter that you and that "landlord" weren't friends before he just happened to buy the house you were living in and decided to be a supreme donkey's rear....nope, they'd rather have the drug dealers.

Since: Jun 08

Not Waynesboro or Hagerstown

#13 Jun 13, 2008
Citizens Patrol.
wph

Chambersburg, PA

#14 Jun 13, 2008
single and free wrote:
i don't consider $803 a month cheap rent
"Rents are not cheap," Zehler said. "That's what makes these units important. It's considered affordable housing."

they dont consider it cheap either.
Mort

New Castle, DE

#15 Jun 13, 2008
wph wrote:
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"Rents are not cheap," Zehler said. "That's what makes these units important. It's considered affordable housing."
they dont consider it cheap either.
Grab all they can because it's taxpayer's money subsidizing the rent. Same attitude that Sen. Terry Punt and the other Harrisburg Harlots had about giving themselves a big pay raise. It's only taxpayer's money.
overworked taxpayer

Indianapolis, IN

#16 Jun 13, 2008
Why do we always have to take care of the low income? Let them get a job and work 7 days a week like my husband does. maybe i should sell my house and quit my job and live in low income and take advantage of the tax payer.
noname

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Jun 13, 2008
Gladys wrote:
<quoted text> HUD does not enforce the rules. It is, after all, the government. The government cannot efficiently manage anything. Then too, it takes someone with courage to report the wrongdoing there. Who among the residents is up to that?
You said it, Honey! The government can't manage diddley squat and a lot of folks are all ga-ga over Obama and his socialized healthcare, which along with all the other stuff he wants, is gonna cost John Q. Public about an addition one trillion bucks, which we don't have! He also wants to let the Bush tax cuts expire, raise additional taxes. The enconomy's going into the crapper, gas prices are soaring and wages are NOT going up to compensate for it and folks are voting for Mr. King-of-Spending, Obama. We're going down the road to all-out socialism with these dang libs and folks are lining up like sheep at the slaughter for it. We've gotten way too far from our Constitutional roots. Even republicans are far too liberal these days. Some are trying to kill the Second Ammendment and others. This is ridiculous! Time to call out these jokers and take back our government!
observer

Southampton, PA

#18 Jun 13, 2008
..and what will this do to the value of property near it?

Since: Jun 08

Not Waynesboro or Hagerstown

#19 Jun 13, 2008
overworked taxpayer wrote:
Why do we always have to take care of the low income? Let them get a job and work 7 days a week like my husband does. maybe i should sell my house and quit my job and live in low income and take advantage of the tax payer.
Because the Democrats sustain the welfare society.

Rather than make people get jobs, the demos keep enabling them. Think about that when you go to the voting booth in November, please.
gus

United States

#20 Jun 13, 2008
I agree with a lot of the posts so far. I do agree that people need help sometimes but the people who are getting the help in most cases around here are not the people who deserve it. The people who actually try to make a difference and work everyday are the ones who wont qualify and that is a shame. What we should be doing instead of building new low income developments in the area is manage the ones that we already have correctly and make sure that the people are following the rules. It makes me sick to see the people who cannot work for real reasons being turned down or being placed on a long waiting list while perfectly capable people are sitting on their butts and the classifieds are full of jobs they could do.
Tracy

New Castle, DE

#21 Jun 13, 2008
The question to ask is: "What's in it for Valley Housing?" Answer: Profit. Lots of it.
Myra

New Castle, DE

#22 Jun 13, 2008
Is this the Valley Housing Development Corporation whose address is PO Box 449 112 N 6th Street, Allentown? Or, is it Valley Housing Development Corporation located at 1029 6th Street, Whitehall, PA (Allentown) that's in the medical equipment and supplies business?

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