Public Housing Redevelopment Study Un...

Public Housing Redevelopment Study Underway in Charlottesville

There are 16 comments on the NBC29 Charlottesville story from Feb 22, 2013, titled Public Housing Redevelopment Study Underway in Charlottesville. In it, NBC29 Charlottesville reports that:

Upgrades could soon be on the way for several Charlottesville public housing units.

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reality check

Charlottesville, VA

#1 Feb 25, 2013
Public Housing should be a temporary solution. It should not be a permanent home. There are hundreds of people on the waiting list; while some people believe they should be able to live there for 20-30 years. Give others a chance to get back on their feet. We lived for years with no AC at all. Window units are fine.
Disillusioned

Charlottesville, VA

#2 Feb 25, 2013
reality check wrote:
Public Housing should be a temporary solution. It should not be a permanent home. There are hundreds of people on the waiting list; while some people believe they should be able to live there for 20-30 years. Give others a chance to get back on their feet. We lived for years with no AC at all. Window units are fine.
I agree completely. I also believe the tenants should be required to assist with repairs. Learn a job skill and get a job!
Liberalace

Collinsville, VA

#3 Feb 25, 2013
Now the architectural firm is based in Washington DC. Since DC has such strict gun laws, will the firm's personnel be able to carry when they go into the public housing units or will they have police escorts?

R.I.P.: Robert Reed (a.k.a. Mike Brady, the bestest architect ever!)
nurse22

Charlottesville, VA

#4 Feb 25, 2013
With the exception of the elderly and severely disabled, the teneats should be required to help with the renovations. That is what happens in real life!! I agree, long term public housing is not the solution. Some families have abused the system for years!!
Intelligence

Crozet, VA

#5 Feb 25, 2013
Some houses people OWN do not have central air conditioning! If they want central air, they can go BUY a house that has it and stop using OUR tax money!!
earned my keep

Bethesda, MD

#6 Feb 25, 2013
Why "mixed use"? I worked my butt off to get out of the bad neighborhood and away from the cretins who think they are owed something. It is supposed to hurt to be poor unless you are elderly or disabled. THat is your motivation to better yourself. If you won't even try to do that then you deserve to live with people like yourself.

In fact we should have a development just for the disabled and elderly and another for the people who are able bodied that is not as well equipped.. They are beggars and beggars can't be choosers. I'll bet if they had to chip in and cut thier own grass, paint their own exteriors and service their own plumbing with 5 trips to lowes they would move out quick.

Nobody rides for free.. unless you are a lazy person in C-ville.
belmont blu

Charlottesville, VA

#7 Feb 25, 2013
My take on this,
why are there so many working people ( and yes public housing is full of people who work) whose income is not high enough to afford market rates????

Those that take care of our kids, clean up grandma and grandpa in the nursing home, feed our children in schools, wait on us in those "trendy" restaurants, ring up our sales at those botiques on the Downtown Mall, etc etc etc, why arent they paid a wage that will guarantee that they will not need public housing assistance?

We want to buy "cheap" stuff from stores that pay low wages and then complain because these workers need assistance with housing costs?

And please dont respond with that well-worn diatribe to "get another job" that is not a solution.
Lady Love

Bethesda, MD

#8 Feb 25, 2013
belmont blu wrote:
My take on this,
why are there so many working people ( and yes public housing is full of people who work) whose income is not high enough to afford market rates????
Those that take care of our kids, clean up grandma and grandpa in the nursing home, feed our children in schools, wait on us in those "trendy" restaurants, ring up our sales at those botiques on the Downtown Mall, etc etc etc, why arent they paid a wage that will guarantee that they will not need public housing assistance?
We want to buy "cheap" stuff from stores that pay low wages and then complain because these workers need assistance with housing costs?
And please dont respond with that well-worn diatribe to "get another job" that is not a solution.
You made a very good point. My mother lived on housing, worked, and still struggled to keep a roof over our head and food on the table. The rent here in Charlottesville is very expensive, and most jobs do not pay you enough to live. It is hard trying to pay for daycare to get the proper training to get a better job when you already have tons of bills to pay as it is. Rent runs you about $900 a month, how can you afford to pay that making only $7.25-$8.00 an hour, and most housing agencies want to make a certain amount in order to rent their property..
sassy

Charlottesville, VA

#9 Feb 25, 2013
Lady Love wrote:
<quoted text>
You made a very good point. My mother lived on housing, worked, and still struggled to keep a roof over our head and food on the table. The rent here in Charlottesville is very expensive, and most jobs do not pay you enough to live. It is hard trying to pay for daycare to get the proper training to get a better job when you already have tons of bills to pay as it is. Rent runs you about $900 a month, how can you afford to pay that making only $7.25-$8.00 an hour, and most housing agencies want to make a certain amount in order to rent their property..
i lived with window a/c for years and years as i had no one give it to me free...GET A JOB PEOPLE...BREAK THE SYSTEM.....HAVE PRIDE
sadmomma

Charlottesville, VA

#10 Feb 25, 2013
And to think we GIVE the homeless, winos, panhandlers free rent, food, etc and our working poor cannot make enough to pay for decent housing! what is wrong with this picture?
belmont blu

Charlottesville, VA

#11 Feb 25, 2013
sadmomma wrote:
And to think we GIVE the homeless, winos, panhandlers free rent, food, etc and our working poor cannot make enough to pay for decent housing! what is wrong with this picture?
good question sadmomma... why do we have a continuum of people from the homeless, the working poor, those mortgaging everything they have to send children to college and still cant step up to the "American Dream"? Maybe there is no dream anymore and we are seeing what the future holds for so many of us.

Why cant we all enjoy safe, decent housing? It does not have to be opulent but is sure should be safe and energy efficient.

When Cville went thru their urban renewal ( aka ethnic cleansing) this is what was built and this is what has to be dealt with.

Could be that some chickens are coming home to roost.
Go UVA

Crozet, VA

#12 Feb 25, 2013
belmont blu wrote:
<quoted text>
good question sadmomma... why do we have a continuum of people from the homeless, the working poor, those mortgaging everything they have to send children to college and still cant step up to the "American Dream"? Maybe there is no dream anymore and we are seeing what the future holds for so many of us.
Why cant we all enjoy safe, decent housing? It does not have to be opulent but is sure should be safe and energy efficient.
When Cville went thru their urban renewal ( aka ethnic cleansing) this is what was built and this is what has to be dealt with.
Could be that some chickens are coming home to roost.
(aka ethnic cleansing)=RACE BAITER! why does everything become racial with people like this?! This is not about the amount of pigmentation in their skin, lazy is lazy in every ethnicity.
sez you

Charlottesville, VA

#13 Feb 25, 2013
WOW, 30 years ago people could aspire to a better life thru due diligence and hard work. Not these days. the cards have been stacked against us so high you better have a sugar daddy to help out if you want to get ahead. Families are having to spend almost all their disposable income on necessities these days, didn't used to be that way. Its a terrible shame but we let it happen.
Boodreau

Saraland, AL

#14 Feb 25, 2013
sez you wrote:
WOW, 30 years ago people could aspire to a better life thru due diligence and hard work. Not these days. the cards have been stacked against us so high you better have a sugar daddy to help out if you want to get ahead. Families are having to spend almost all their disposable income on necessities these days, didn't used to be that way. Its a terrible shame but we let it happen.
OMG are you developing a sense of compassion. Must be the guilt of being a gun cowboy for the military industrial complex
Crack Scooter

Charlottesville, VA

#16 Feb 26, 2013
Mixed use? Yeah right. Don't forget to put in some reserve parking spots for police vehicles.
Crack Scooter

Charlottesville, VA

#17 Feb 26, 2013
sez you wrote:
WOW, 30 years ago people could aspire to a better life thru due diligence and hard work. Not these days. the cards have been stacked against us so high you better have a sugar daddy to help out if you want to get ahead. Families are having to spend almost all their disposable income on necessities these days, didn't used to be that way. Its a terrible shame but we let it happen.
Hopefully security cameras will be a big part of the upgrades.

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