Observer Investigation | Housing the ...

Observer Investigation | Housing the Poor: Low-income clusters ...

There are 20 comments on the The Charlotte Observer story from Sep 9, 2006, titled Observer Investigation | Housing the Poor: Low-income clusters .... In it, The Charlotte Observer reports that:

Low-income clusters thwart housing goal Units to help poor tend to bunch in fragile areas, worry neighbors Fred Kelly A group of east Charlotte homeowners erupted into applause in April when ...

Join the discussion below, or Read more at The Charlotte Observer.

mannymoons

United States

#1 Sep 11, 2006
I love this comment by Willie Ratchford who says, we claim to be a Christian nation but we seem to have disdain for the poor.

This isn't about poor people its about people who are criminals and getting section 8 housing. Tell the truth you can let in a person who is a mother and in comes others who got out of jail staying there--selling drugs while the mother gets section 8 housing. No the mother doesn't use drugs but those she allows to bed down there and take up residence that isn't supposed to be there is where the problem is.

They turn middle class neigborhoods into ghetto and then the cops say move--you all move--always having to move over into upper middle class so you can give my neighborhood to criminals.

It is the city who discriminates and doesn't allow section 8 into the wealthy upper middle class neighborhoods and now who has disdain for middle class or lower middle class--wow what fairy tales one spins!!!! When they closed down Piedmont courts--why didnt' they build apartments next to the $600,000 homes. Oh no instead we are going to turn middle class neigborhoods into ghettos. Do away with section 8. Work like I had too--no one gave me nothing.

The discrimation is against hard working middle class people and the rich are untouchable and favored of the city.
Angel

West Monroe, LA

#3 Sep 12, 2006
I am sick to death of paying most of the freaking taxes while the so called "poor" pay NONE! This LOUSY NOW MARXIST country just loves to penalize the hell out of success and I AM READY TO JOIN THE FREELOADERS!
misty

United States

#4 Sep 12, 2006
Angel wrote:
I am sick to death of paying most of the freaking taxes while the so called "poor" pay NONE! This LOUSY NOW MARXIST country just loves to penalize the hell out of success and I AM READY TO JOIN THE FREELOADERS!
lol!!! ready to join the freeloaders huh! Sometimes you really feel like that.

Don't let the smokescreen fool you. Its about the rich people and those of high income. Its about looking down others noses cause my neighborhood is more expensive than yours so you deserve the criminals. Its like this--if you live in a 300,000 home and higher then your acceptable. You won't get what did they call section 8 people? "poor people"

I can see disabled or really poverty person but problem is many or too many have children or grandchildred living with them or can be a brother move in after they got out of jail. Can be a gang member grandson. It can be single mom bringing home boyfriends that are criminals and on the list goes. So section 8 can have 0 tolerance but the violators know how to get around that.
manymoons

United States

#5 Sep 12, 2006
Great article by the way. Nice advice from the police officer to move out. Where? He should carry a list of areas or homes one should be able to move too if he is going to give that kind of advice, ya know just like on the tv show "Cops" when they go to domestic abuse homes they give out phamplets and teddy bears and let them know where to go for help. Maybe they should have a section 9 for those to move in those neigborhoods that don't have section 8!

BabiGirl

Humble, TX

#6 Sep 16, 2006
Sorry to tell you this people but I was a section 8 resident and I never had any "Drug-Dealer's" or "Boyfriend's" in and out. I was a young single mother of two young children and while I was attempting to work and go to school so I could better myself and my children,there were drug's,shootout's and all of that. Just don't blame all the "Section 8/Poor People". You know some of us actually try to work and pay our taxe's.
Lincolnton, N.C.
manymoons

United States

#7 Sep 16, 2006
BabiGirl wrote:
Sorry to tell you this people but I was a section 8 resident and I never had any "Drug-Dealer's" or "Boyfriend's" in and out. I was a young single mother of two young children and while I was attempting to work and go to school so I could better myself and my children,there were drug's,shootout's and all of that. Just don't blame all the "Section 8/Poor People". You know some of us actually try to work and pay our taxe's.
Lincolnton, N.C.
I applaude you and that is what section 8 is for-being there to help people and a start in life and while you were going through that you and your children had the right to live in a safe enviorment also.

Section 8 housing is doing no service if those places are havens for druggers and alcoholics who not only rob the state but anyone who lives around them!
Segregation

AOL

#8 Sep 29, 2006
It's an obvious fact (census Jan. 1, 2006), that the majority of low-income and Section 8 housing (75%) recepients are located in these areas of Charlotte, NC. Nearly 24-30 years ago these areas were thriving economically. On the Westside, it was a great place to grow up in the 70's as a child with a huge park just blocks down the road, elementary and high schools within walking distance, shops, and restaurants. Wooded and creek areas behind the homes offered a fantastic area for children to play, build forts, play in the creeks while catching crawdads, and carve your name in big oak trees with other children. Visiting that area today breaks my heart!
The place is invested with drug dealers and criminal activities of gangs and the like. The City has done very little to clean up these neighborhoods. I've visited some of the low-income residence and most are good, hardworking individuals who are afraid to come out of their homes at certain times of the day due to the activities on the streets. A shooting took place a couple years ago, gang related, just a block down the road from where a relative lived injuring several teenagers. Last year a relative witnessed a car load of people removing AK-47's from the trunk of a car. Although not illegal, it implies a negative reaction from the neighbors. My point, not all low-income people are bad! The main activity could probably be spotted by an investigative police team within a matter of days I would assume...if the City would just TAKE the initative to do so. In most cases, one bad apple can stigmatize an entire neighborhood. How hard would it be to get the bad apple? Perhaps, this could be the first step in cleaning up these stigmatized areas. Charlotte, what's the problem?
erik johnsen

Bakersfield, CA

#9 Oct 1, 2006
[QUOTE? Perhaps, this could be the first step in cleaning up these stigmatized areas. Charlotte, what's the problem?[/QUOTE]
The problem is the city discriminates and protects the wealthy.
The problem is just like the police told the women in the article--"move" --move and let the druggers take over. Let section 8 move more in the neigborhood.
The hell with middle class--or neighborhoods that are nice--we the city are going to ruin those neighborhoods with crime as we tore down their homes so we have to find a place for them so guess what---east--your it!!! Don't like it--move.
Truth Man

Cherryville, NC

#10 Dec 13, 2007
mannymoons wrote:
I love this comment by Willie Ratchford who says, we claim to be a Christian nation but we seem to have disdain for the poor.
This isn't about poor people its about people who are criminals and getting section 8 housing. Tell the truth you can let in a person who is a mother and in comes others who got out of jail staying there--selling drugs while the mother gets section 8 housing. No the mother doesn't use drugs but those she allows to bed down there and take up residence that isn't supposed to be there is where the problem is.
They turn middle class neigborhoods into ghetto and then the cops say move--you all move--always having to move over into upper middle class so you can give my neighborhood to criminals.
It is the city who discriminates and doesn't allow section 8 into the wealthy upper middle class neighborhoods and now who has disdain for middle class or lower middle class--wow what fairy tales one spins!!!! When they closed down Piedmont courts--why didnt' they build apartments next to the $600,000 homes. Oh no instead we are going to turn middle class neigborhoods into ghettos. Do away with section 8. Work like I had too--no one gave me nothing.
The discrimation is against hard working middle class people and the rich are untouchable and favored of the city.
The truth is that the biggest abuser of tax payer monies is welfare, corporate welfare that is.
sha

Charlotte, NC

#11 Jan 23, 2008
I was a upper class women with 2 children, whom stopped working fulltime and took on part-time employment because my husband said so. Next thing I knew my husband decided he didnt want the responsibility anymore of a family. Now I am a single mother going thru divorce and child support problems with this man. Fortunately, I do have section 8 to help me for now. I live in a very decent neighborhood and we have no problem. This is what its there for, to help when needed. Its not the section 8, its the people thats on it. It helps for me to put my children in a safe neighborhood and be able to afford to go back to college to better myself and provide for my children. It helps me by allowing me to work and provide food and clothing for my children. I thank God that I do have this help. I have always paid my taxes (and ontime), now let my hardwork help me. Oh yea, and I am black and my husband isn't.

“Eagles do not flock”

Since: Jan 08

Huntington Beach Ca.

#12 Jan 23, 2008
since we cant seem to pack the panther stadium these days, let turn it into a homeless shelter....Thump!
Sade

Mableton, GA

#13 Jan 26, 2008
I hate that people who receive Section 8 have made a bad name for those who actually see it as a blessing. I go to college for computer science and maintain a 3.45 gpa. Section 8 gave me the opportunity to focus on college without having to worry how my major expense (rent) will be paid. In Atlanta in order to be a participant of the program you must either work or attend school. Government welfare programs can handicap someone who dosent have the desire to accomplish more. I dont know about others who live on Section 8, but I cant see myself renting for the rest of my life nor living in mediocrity. I wasnt raised in the ghetto, I dont have a house full of kids by different men. There are those trying to be a rags to rich story.LOL
Michellearatliff

Charlotte, NC

#14 Jun 11, 2008
I don't mind low income housing. BUT! They should be required to pass a drug test at any given time in order to get it! We have to take tests to make the money to give THEM! Why shouldn't they have to be drug free in order to use it??
I lived beside a section 8 house and they stayed homes and smoked pot all day while I went to work and paid their rent. Then they robbed me.
Taxpayer

Charlotte, NC

#15 Jun 11, 2008
I totally agree. I am paying back student loans now and if I could have received some help then, I would be in a much better situation today. It really hurts me that 15% of my check goes to gas, and 28% goes to taxes. I have to take random drug test at my place of employeement and do not mind doing so. Then its frustrating to see that some people dont work all day and get unemployeement that is larger than my net pay. There are many people who agree with us. If you are on welfare, you obviously dont have the money and thats why we help you. But I dont want to help someone that is freeloading off the system and buying drugs with that money. But then again, so many people do it!!! I think drug testing would be an answer to funding families that are really in need. If they can afford drugs, they can afford food on the table.
fed up

AOL

#16 Jun 11, 2008
BabiGirl wrote:
Sorry to tell you this people but I was a section 8 resident and I never had any "Drug-Dealer's" or "Boyfriend's" in and out. I was a young single mother of two young children and while I was attempting to work and go to school so I could better myself and my children,there were drug's,shootout's and all of that. Just don't blame all the "Section 8/Poor People". You know some of us actually try to work and pay our taxe's.
Lincolnton, N.C.
where was the daddy of your childre nad why wasn't he helping you.
fools

Inkster, MI

#18 Jun 19, 2008
You can repent and be punished! Or you can live waiting for hellfire! It is the middleclass white people that are constantly robbing from the poor and looking down on them! Maybe if all you douchebags out there actually gave a damn about others less fortunate than you, you would be happier and would have a chance to redeem yourselves from gods eventual wrath.

But since you choose to hate and look down on the poor you will all suffer! First your world will collapse from the great tribulation and you will throw your money in the streets because it has become worthless! Then when you have no delight in your days in this old system working hard to get a decent meal for the day. your destruction will be upon you by god and you will suffer everlasting death!

You can still be saved but that means putting on the new personality of god, which means being free from hate, prejudice and strife.
PanhandleShark

Wading River, NY

#19 Jun 20, 2008
I agree kinda with angel. working class people are fed up finally. seems its better you have nothing these days and let the govt take care of you. why go out and break your ass? so the moochers and illegals can drive around in cadillacs ?
angel im kinda thinking along your level lol.
OBHusseinWhteChi kPimP

United States

#20 Jun 22, 2008
I will give you people everything you want.WE will live in a total UTOPIA!

I was born a poor white/black christian/MUSLIM.I know what it's like.I grew up in the streets of Chicago...blah,blah.
TonyMo

Alviso, CA

#21 Jun 23, 2008
OBHusseinWhteChikPimP wrote:
I will give you people everything you want.WE will live in a total UTOPIA!
I was born a poor white/black christian/MUSLIM.I know what it's like.I grew up in the streets of Chicago...blah,blah.
LOL!!! You're a real Joker!! Did you make that up just now, or was it homework for your klan class? What a loser!
Shannon Kimbrell

Waxhaw, NC

#22 Jun 30, 2009
Taxpayer wrote:
I totally agree. I am paying back student loans now and if I could have received some help then, I would be in a much better situation today. It really hurts me that 15% of my check goes to gas, and 28% goes to taxes. I have to take random drug test at my place of employeement and do not mind doing so. Then its frustrating to see that some people dont work all day and get unemployeement that is larger than my net pay. There are many people who agree with us. If you are on welfare, you obviously dont have the money and thats why we help you. But I dont want to help someone that is freeloading off the system and buying drugs with that money. But then again, so many people do it!!! I think drug testing would be an answer to funding families that are really in need. If they can afford drugs, they can afford food on the table.
I am on unemployment and I will be glad to return to work, only I can't find a job....been looking for almost a year? It isn't welfare to be on unemployment. Welfare is when you haven't worked or don't work, or whatever. Unemployment is when you have worked and you are actively looking for work!

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Mecklenburg County Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Warrant: Man charged with murder agreed to meet... Sep '17 Lilac St Cyr 1
News VIDEO: Funnel cloud spotted in Mecklenburg County Sep '17 abc123 1
News Rick Siskey estate auction brings in more than ... (Jul '17) Jul '17 Wise Owl 1
News Lincolnton mom kidnaps and robs 18-year-old dau... (Mar '17) Mar '17 curious george 1
News Kevin Olsen, 22 (Mar '17) Mar '17 Max 1
News Conservative NC group says churches should aban... (Feb '17) Feb '17 Trump Plotza 4
News Boy Scouts' transgender ruling prompts N.C. gro... (Feb '17) Feb '17 16 TEEN SHOTS 11
More from around the web