Violations and Vouchers: An Interview with a Section 8 Police Officer

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An elderly lady answered the door. I caught a glimpse of a couple of kids and sleeping bags on the floor before they hurried to shut the door. I heard fast footsteps as two other bedroom doors slammed shut. In the kitchen, another lady was cooking. Just how many people were living in my 1000 square foot Section 8 rental home with only three people on the lease?

I didn’t know just how bad extra tenants could be until I talked to a Section 8 police officer. Below is an interview with Jenny Wright, a Section 8 Fraud Investigation Supervisor.

Section 8: Fraud Investigations, Violations, and a Few Bits of Advice

How did you become a fraud investigation supervisor?

I was with the police department as a patrol officer. In 2003, our police department here in Chattanooga, Tennessee decided to investigate waste and abuse of assisted units – Section 8 and public housing. I applied for the position and have been working with the housing authority since then. Our Section 8 has its own police department through the housing authority. Not all housing authorities have their own police force.

What types of fraud do you investigate?

Section 8 rents are based on income. If people on assisted rent are working and don’t report their income, they are committing fraud.

What other types of fraud do you see?

Section 8 demands that all people living at a unit need to be disclosed to Section 8. It is fraud if tenants will allow others to live with them and not report this to Section 8.

What are some reasons for the requirement?

To prevent criminals from living in Section 8 homes and to make sure Section 8 tenants aren’t subleasing out part of their home. All tenants receiving Section 8 vouchers must pass a Section 8 background check. Often unreported roommates have criminal backgrounds they want to hide. Also, if a tenant is getting government assistance on rent; they aren’t allowed to get extra rent or utility help from a roommate.

How often do you investigate these types of fraud?

A couple of times a day.

Any other types of fraud?

Sometimes tenants take credit for people who don’t live with them. For example, last week we found a mother with three kids on a Section 8 voucher who had her kids living with the father at a different residence. The tenant was getting credit and a bigger space for people who didn’t even live there.

Who reports fraud to your office?

Landlords, neighbors, angry ex-boyfriends, angry ex-girlfriends and human services.

If you want to report someone, what would you do?

Call your local public safety office or housing authority. You can also go to the housing authority and fill out a form.

What else can you report?

Suspicion of drug use, drug dealing, prostitution and really, any crime.

What about abuse of property?

Landlords need to notify the housing authority if they have a Section 8 rental that has been damaged by the tenant. Section 8 needs to know if a tenant isn’t upholding their end of the lease. The most important thing a landlord can do is to enforce a lease. Any violation to a lease has the potential to get a tenant’s voucher terminated. If a landlord takes a tenant to court and sues for damages, let Section 8 know. Document damages with pictures and send the pictures and all documentation to Section 8.

What advice do you give landlords with Section 8 tenants?

1. If you see violations, let the housing authority know. Report issues and enforce leases. Mail tenants notices and cc a copy to Section 8.

2. We run a background check but sometimes let people with a history on the program. Do your own background and credit checks.

3. If you have tenants with extra people in the property, notify Section 8.

4. Go to the Section 8 landlord orientation meetings.

What changes do you predict will happen with Section 8 in the future?

Some say public housing is going away and only vouchers will be given. Others say public housing and vouchers will always remain a dual program.

Any final words?

It’s my opinion that people should take responsibility and be able to get off the program except for the elderly and those who have mental and physical disabilities. It’s hard for me to believe that the 25 year old woman can’t go get a job even if she has kids. We are seeing the program being abused. I’d like to see the people who are abusing Section 8 find somewhere else to go.

Photo: David Laprad – Hamilton County Herald

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  1. Randy Phillips on

    What is worse, a section 8 tenant having an unreported relative staying with them and contributing to the house hold or these cops making $40-$50,000 a year and sucking off the system, including the office space and vehicles and retirement benefits etc.? I feel like like Im living in a police state, over taxed, less freedom, these arrogant cops and government are out of control.

    • You are out of your mind if you start taking Section 8 residents…if you feel you have no other choice, You do, sell the property. Section 8 NEVER works out well. Nice to hear Chattanoga cares enough to put a few Officers on the fraud,,,You could pay the Officers a million a year and not come close to equalling the fraud in this phoney program.

      • Stop believing all of the stereotypes. I have it, and one of my friends had it, but moved and gave up the voucher. We both are neat freaks. Yes, there are some people who don’t care and will ruin a landlord’s property, and they’re filthy. People not on section 8 do the same thing, it’s the person, not the fact that they have a section 8 voucher.

        Some landlords will only take section 8 tenants because they know they’ll get their rent on time every month or they can jack the rent up as high as they can just as long as it doesn’t go over section 8 guidelines. So yes, some landlords are just as bad as you think section 8 tenants are.

        • Eris,
          Thank you so much for leveling the playing field here, or trying at the least. I appreciate individuals that are tall enough to see BOTH sides of the fence. I just received a letter from Section 8, today actually, essentially stating that now (after a 7 year wait) I am at the top of the list and eligible to receive section 8 housing choice vouchers. That being noted, I am a very clean and responsible student and single mother of two boys under the age of 10 years and we are currently sharing a one bedroom space with a family member as no shelters were available when I became single and then homeless; we actually need it and will not be sharing our upcoming section 8 sponsored housing space with anyone nor do I plan to deny my minimum wage part-time income and food stamps to the housing authority. On the other side of the fence, I have been denied apartments due to my past inability to maintain a household on my own and have been literally told by landlords to seek section 8 assistance and return to them for another attempt to rent. My point here is that; although there are those who abuse section 8 and other forms of assistance, there should not be a blanket over all who receive section 8 assistance and landlords should not be exempt from the concept of section 8 abuse. 100% agreed Eris and thanks again!

        • Its nothing wrong with helping out those who are in need, however, it becomes a problem when a small percentage of section eight landlord rent out houses in neighborhoods and don’t check on their property or hire someone to do so. Currently, We live in a nice neighborhood, with homes that are rented to section eight. Their grass need to be cut and there is constant police presence on their property due yelling and just tonight fighting. Okay……. Can we report this to section eight? And if so how?

      • It is ignorant and discriminatory to assume all people on section 8 are all deadbeat bums who destroy properties. I have been on section 8 for two years now and it has given me the chance to get on my feet. I have hard time finding a job because of a misdemeanor years ago and I have two children and a husband. So we took the opportunity to go to college and I will be graduating with 2 Bachelor’s degrees in the next couple months. I also just started a business and we hope to move out on our own (without section 8 anymore) this spring. Our landlord was just in our house last week and commended us on how clean we have kept the place. We have even done repairs.
        There are many people like us who just needed a chance to get on their feet and move on from the program. Don’t let the couple who abuse the program ruin it for those who use it for what it is for.

        • I’m a veteran who served 8 years in the military and am now disabled and have rented two places in 12 years both section 8 and ive never been a problem and the landlords pretty much guaranteed the rent. Sounds like you’re stereo typing certain people to section 8. Shame on you. There are lots of good veterans who need assistance and appreciate it.
          And Mrs D it sounds like you don’t like section 8 properties in your neighborhood assuming that bad people are the only ones who need assistance and will likely drop the value of your property and make your neighborhood less safe. Like I said there are good people ( veterans ) who put their lives on the line for everyone. Who deserve to live in a nice looking neighborhood and safe one as well. Never judge a book by its cover.
          My co workers did when I was selling cars in Springdale arkansas and a older gentleman wearing dirty overalls looking like he couldn’t afford a used car walked by my co workers and everyone avoiding him. I walked right up to him with a big smile and welcomed him. I sold him 3 brand new cars.
          Oh the old man who walked in the dealership turned out his name is
          Sam Walmart owner of Walmart.

      • There are many responsible tenants on section 8 like the elderly and disabled. I feel much of the abuse of the program is caused by young people who are able to work and don’t. It is another welfare benefit for them.

        • I’m also a disabled Veteran, and my neighbors are section 8. It sucks to work hard for a nice home in a nice neighborhood and deal with trash overflowing to my yard, noise at night, break-ins (the adolescents were caught on camera, but were minors), and repeated police visits. I believe Mrs. D’s comment was based on experience, not discrimination. Section 8 absolutely needs policing, the people complaining about the salaries are never actually paying for them. If you aren’t a problem then you don’t need to fear being held to the minimum standard.

      • I wish Colorado had her. I know of a lady who has had section 8 for years in Denver. She got her first 3 kids taken away, and adopted out. Got charged for still receiving her son’s SSDI checks and cashing them. Got married again and her husband works full-time, had 3 more kids and she even changed her last name but section 8 never looked into her. Now she has people living with her and giving her money every month, while she actually lives in Sterling Colorado and her kids go to school out there!! I’ve tried to tell section 8 but no response what so ever!!

        • Lakewood , Co currently are taking open port.Moving from Ohio ,could come with open voucher. Or would prefer to rent income based,or low income housing , have a 10lb adult dog,intelligent and fully trained , would need close to some form of transportation , and would prefer heated pool for pain management and fitness room for therapy if at all possible.need to have laundry,in apt/facility on premises…dog park would be extra lovely! I know it seems like a lot , best someone can do? I’m coming to the area next week to deposit and hold a place . Can someone please help me ? ! I’m in Baltic , Ohio!

        • Jenny Gunder on

          If you know that much about what she is doing in your home, you must not have a job or a life of your own…….

    • im feeling incarcerated myself on section 8.i am disabled,denied ssd long enough i only qualified for ssi,no settlement benefits for the 13 yrs it took to get the whopping 700$ a month total income i now live on.i have no other way that section 8 to live and its getting more invasive every day.they now increased their inspections to twice a year and they are taking pictures every time claiming its not about the tenant but to assess “fair market rates” only…they arent photographing the apartment at all they are photographing my personal possessions and others in washington county are saying the photos on your wall,my computer desk,my sons tv.none of the apartment,just personal possessions.i now have to disclose 6 months of full bank statements every year that i must print out on a public computer as i cant possibly afford a printer and ink.while they say you will only pay 1/3 your income,they arent taking into consideration that they have driven off most landlords that offer washer n dryers so 50$ a month i pay for laundry in the laundramat here as people with 2-3 bedrooms have their own and 1 bedroom clients have to pay and use the machines that the 2-3 bedroomers use to wash their car mats and dog beds.they are pushing all individual landlords off with ridiculous increased requirements so they can warehouse people in stackem n packem cement units with no access to nature whatsoever for your companion animals.they come in like gestapo if you have a nephew or niece come to stay from out of town for a day or 2,taking any false anonymous complaint from anyone that knows your on housing and thinks your “getting a free ride”.they spend more each year on “authorities” than they do on housing people and illegals get first priority as “refugees”.they can violate you anytime they want and no one oversees them.i can find no help

    • Ha This is BS My landlord was demanding that I pay MORE than HUD wanted saying it was for the utilities deposit etc. But when I put the utilities in my name and she GOT her deposit and I wanted reciepts she said I still didn’t pay her the full rent, I asked her what she ment and she said it was 269 and NOT the 194 we were contracted. I refused to pay her anymore,(she demanded cash and “office” meeting so there was no record, but i still recorded it and photoed) so she began harassing us, I reported her for fraud and THEY TOLD ME IT WASN’T A HIGH ENOUGH DOLLAR AMOUNT TO GET THEIR ATTENTION. Man I have the EVIDENCE and VIDEOS AND EMAILS TO SUPPORT IT ALL!!! So please excuse me if that article at the top of the page turns my stomach. So now since no one has called her on it the abuse is escalating while out HUD worker tries to help us get the paperwork done. Its sick our landlord is a paralegal and aslo has twelve other HUD people. I have PROOF shes committing fraud and they dont WANT to do anything! NO justice for the poor huh? From my experience the articl up top is false and full of untruths beware. Or I guess they dont care about the LANDLORDS commiting fraud!

  2. As long as a section 8 tenant doesn’t break too much, that’s really all that a landlord should realistically hope for. Having guaranteed payments coming in from the government is a huge advantage. A section 8 tenant that destroys the house isn’t a bargain but if a landlord can find a tenant that doesn’t destroy the house they need to hold onto them.

    • McKellar Newsom on

      Hi Stephen,

      I build higher turn costs into my numbers when I look at a Section 8 rental. A lot of my Section 8 tenants are stable and stay in my properties for a long time. mck

  3. Unfortunately not all sec8 offices are created equal. I wish we had local enforcement officers to go after the fraud. The few times Ive reported it, the reports have not been followed through. Thank you for doing the interview.

    @Randy. Your post is off topic and contributes nothing to the conversation. This is a real estate forum. This is not the place for those topics.


    • McKellar Newsom on

      Hi Jason,
      I agree that the Section 8 office vary wildly. I’m glad we have local law enforcement for the program here.

      If you have written a letter and called your Section 8 office to complain and they haven’t followed through, I’d try to find a friend in the system. I like to go to the office and hang out a bit if I have a concern. Between 9-1030 seems to be a busy time and you might just run into some office staff that would give you some suggestions.

      Thanks for all your comments. mck

  4. To me it doesn’t really matter of if they are receiving Section 8 vouchers, other public assistance, child support, whatever… they still need to adhere to the rules of your lease and the landlord needs to enforce their lease. I wish my communities had enforcement of somekind to assist me in enforcing my leases.

    Good post, thanks for the interview!

    • McKellar Newsom on

      Hi Dick,

      “Enforcing your lease” is critical. Jenny also mentioned it a number of times when I interviewed her. Do you live in a large town? They might eventually have one if you do.

      Thanks. mck

  5. In my state of GA at least in my areas we do not have a dedicated police enforcement office for section 8.

    All of those items listed in the article section 8 tenants do those DAILY.The tenant doesn’t see it as fraud but just working the system to their benefit to get ahead.Not saying it is right just how tenants perceive it.

    Sure the young tenant at 25 can work but why in the h$ll would she?? You have to pay for a car and gas to go to work,any income you make they deduct away the food stamp balance,and then you have to pay someone to watch the kids,and you would lose section 8 voucher assistance or it would be offset.

    Why work 60 hours a week when you can sit on your as# and have the Government pay for it??

    Until the system is fixed none of this crap is going to change.Police enforcement isn’t going to turn it around.That just creates more departments and more money down the toilet and increases government debt.All these Government programs are mainly bloated and redundant.There are some actual people that truly need these services and do not want to be on them. Those are the people we should be helping.

    Now the proponents of section 8 will say if the Government will not pay for them to sit on their butt and they have no food or shelter rioting and criminal acts will insue making us a third world country. Our jails will be overrun and crime will increase.The Government will still spend the money just in a different way so the budget won’t go down.With increased crime those that have money will then need to hire security to protect them from all the destitute and starving.

    So one way or another I don’t see the money being spent going down.It’s like you plug one hole up and then take your finger off another hole.Not enough fingers and toes to cover all the holes.

    Here when you report something to section 8 they simply do not care.They just tell the tenants to move somewhere else.The case workers are overloaded and don’t want anymore problems.If you get a judgement in court it is worthless.Most of these tenants have very low credit scores and do not work so are basically judgement proof unless their financial situation drastically changes.

    There are a few good section 8 tenants but are far and few between.When it’s not their money on the line and they aren’t accountable for damages they really don’t care.

    • McKellar Newsom on

      Hi Joel,

      I’ve thought about the possibility of government budget cuts targeting vouchers. I’m just not sure that will happen anytime soon. Interesting analogy about plugging holes.

      Some of the people at our Section 8 office really seem to care; others are just doing a job. I agree the staff is overworked.

      I’d like to see the Section 8 program get smaller because the need for it decreases. Wouldn’t we all? What are the chances of that happening? Thanks. mck

  6. Al Williamson on

    Thanks for the investigatory report :^) Glad you brought out that people can report abuse to Section 8. This has been a hammer I’ve used to get the attention of lazy landlords who have an “anything does – just give me rent” attitude.

    I would bet there is a correlation between the number of “long term guests” and the amount of disorder on your block. I would also argue that Officer Wright has prevented more serious and more violent crimes by addressing this type of fraud. She is a very cost-effective officer indeed.

    We have vouchers here in Sacramento and I’ve recently accepted a family on the program. So far, so good.

  7. “It’s hard for me to believe that the 25 year old woman can’t go get a job even if she has kids.”

    Ever think that maybe that 25 year old woman has a job but it doesn’t pay enough to cover, rent and all other costs that go with raising those kids? That statement was very misinformed and quite frankly, cold. Not everyone on Section 8 is on the program due to not wanting to work. Many of us have worked for many years and simply cannot afford to pay full rent due to low wages and other various reasons. I have held a job since turning 18. I have gone to college and have been with the same company for the past 7 years. Guess what? Haven’t had a raise in 5. There is NO WAY I would be able to afford rent while raising two small children without the Section 8 program. Yes, there are people that abuse and those people should definitely be weeded out. But there are many of us who don’t abuse the system and are so very grateful for the help we can get. This is one of the main things wrong with society these days….so many of us can’t seem to get past judging others.

    • Why should I have to pay for your decision to have two children when you couldn’t afford to feed them? Furthermore, why should I continue to have to pay for them as they grow up since you haven’t capitalized on this amazing opportunity to be supported through your toughest time?
      People aren’t taking responsibility for their actions. If someone can’t afford to have children, they shouldn’t have them in the first place and burden the rest of society for their decisions. I know most of you will say it isn’t their fault, and that these children were had at an early age when they didn’t know any better. And you would be right. This is where we are failing by not providing sexual and financial education at a very young age in order to prevent this problem.
      Another problem is that the individuals that draw on welfare have succeeded in eliminating the shame that usually follows accepting charity. It’s become commonplace for everyone in these subcultures to be on welfare. Compare this to the dustbowl farmers in the great depression who traveled across the entire country with their family in tow just trying to find work. They didn’t want charity, they didn’t sit down and stick out their hand, they scoured the country in search or work. There are entire generations that have been accepting governement assistance, and none of them have ever left New York. Especially to look for a job. It’s too easy just to stick out your hand.
      I definitely agree on a cap for how long a person can draw on Section 8, welfare or any other assistance program. If there is no motivation to improve one’s life, and they keep being rewarded for perpetuating the status quo, why would the attempt to help themselves. As of 1992, here in New York City a woman on welfare with two children would have to get a job paying more than $45,000 a year to earn what she is given on welfare. I can’t imagine what the number would be today. There is no one who is going to give up that amount of money to go to work and actually start contributing to society.

      • Hi Lucas,

        Thanks for your comments. I agree that sexual and financial education is important.

        Having a cap is an interesting idea.

        I disagree about the shame. I have met a lot of people on Section 8 and yes some do not appear to feel any shame, but many sincerely wish not to have to rely on others for their housing. I do see a lot of people with a collective depressed type of feeling when working with Section 8 housing. I’m not a counselor and don’t know what can be done to help.

        Motivation, a feeling of self-worth and empowerment are needed for many on Section 8.

        You seem to have a lot of passion around the whole concept and some creative ideas. Do you work in the field or volunteer? Some critical thinkers trying to solve problems are always needed. mck

      • Sharon Klein on

        The dust bowl? How many people (including children) starved to death because there was no safety net? How many children did not get a proper education because their children were always on the move? How many suffered from mal nutrition? People always look at the “good old days” and pick out just what they want to use to make their point. Myopic and tunnel visioned.

    • Hi Alicia,

      I am glad to know that Section 8 is working well for you. I know many on the program have true needs. Like you, I’d like to see people who abuse the program not on it.

      That said, you mentioned not getting a raise. My suggestion to you here is to be creative with your finances which are both money in and money out. How can you save costs but also how can you earn more? Do you have any interesting ideas of how to raise your income from some passion you have?

      What do you do for a living and what are you passionate about? Thanks for your comments. mck

    • Well maybe you should look for another job with higher wages. My neighbor is disabled and she can not get Section 8 but another neighbor in his 40’s who is able to work and is working part time just started receiving Section 8. So someone tell me where is the fairness in that! What is wrong with him gettin a full time job and stop buying his beer everyday and pay his full rent. I’m sorry but there is something wrong with the system.

    • I realize that I’m posting almost a year and a half late… I agree with you Alicia, Some folks really need the assistance. I am a 53 yr. male and I am homeless (live in my Ford ranger pickup and I’m 6’9″!). My beautiful wife passed away last April 19th. By the world’s standards I have lost everything (all I have left is clothes), I have had to sell all my possessions. I was previously making about $80,000. Now I am on S.S. ($715/MO.). I have polycystic kidney disease (hereditary) , neuropathy in both legs, I have dialysis treatments 3 days/week, 4hrs. each session, I take 90 pills/wk. for blood pressure alone. I have had many complications in the last 4 yrs. and a series of long hospital stays. Just trying to survive on the streets and pay my bills, there is not much left for rent, let alone turning on any utilities. It has also been very cold here in GA lately (6 degrees- 18 degrees.) I am on a special diet and my food stamps run out before end of month. I have no family that I can live with. I want to work part time around dialysis but prefer a place to live first because my treatments drain me and I need rest or I would quickly burn out from work. Except for the last 4 yrs., I have worked my whole life as a diesel mechanic. I can’t do what I love anymore.
      Being alone and having no home base and fighting the elements is hard on a disabled man, especially when he can’t sleep in such confined quarters. I hardly slept in months.
      I would say that some people need help.
      I have lived the fast life, worked hard, gone to school, owned a couple of homes, nice cars, had my hobbies, friends, social life. Until you know what it means to lose your life, It can be difficult to grasp.
      My local church and a men’s bible study has given me strength to get thru much hard times lately. When my wife passed, I started to go into depression, but I fought it with all I had. It is still tough to go on, but by God’s grace, I’m gonna’ be ok.

  8. Unless you’re disabled and legitably unable to work in any capacity, Section 8 aid, food stamps and all other types of assistance should be time boxed to no more than 2 years. Additionally, they should be firmly limited to citizens. It should be quite simple. There’s no excuse for 5+ years living off other hard working peoples taxes.

    • Hi Alan,

      Thanks for your thoughts. I think most would like the people in the program to be able to make a better living to cover their costs.

      I don’t actually know what the statistics are for length of vouchers, etc. mck

  9. @Jason “@Randy. Your post is off topic and contributes nothing to the conversation. This is a real estate forum. This is not the place for those topics.”

    I completely disagree with what Randy said about “which is worse” and his comment about the cops making him like he’s in a “police state.” (Unless he’s in Lancaster where the officers did go waaay too ballistic with violation checks, then I totally agree that voucher users’ human rights should never be violated nor should the be harassed inappropriately.) However to think that you could live with such a huge subsidy and have no check-ins for violations is ridiculous. In LA County, major Section 8 violations receive less attention than inane parking infractions. My own feeling is like I’m trapped in the penal colony due to the behavior of the myriad of section-8 violating neighbors in my complex.

    However, I totally defend Randy’s right to state his opinion, and I believe within this discussion it’s on topic to discuss the impact of section-8.

    Not appropriate for a real estate forum? Come on, Jason, you folks are the ones benefiting from the conveniences, free marketing you get from the lists and making money off of it! Be responsible! Be accountable and don’t give attaboys to your fellow investors based on their net worth so much as their valuable business practices! This voucher program is perpetuating and even encouraging irresponsible, often criminal behavior.

    Any landlord with a conscience should consider how important the impact of their choice to accept section-8 tenants should be considered. This consideration should go beyond the scope of how it may impact your own finances. Accepting some responsibility to heavily screen applicants and then to maintain a vigilant watch for violations protects the safety and quality of life for the rest of your tenants.

    Tenants are not your inconveniences. We are your CUSTOMERS! You don’t want any feedback as to the affect the management of your residential business is affecting its customers? I’m sure it’s easier to turn a blind eye, put your fingers in your ears and sing “la la la” while you focus on making money and do your best to ignore how your choices may affect other people.

    Maybe you “insiders” should have a private forum instead of posting publicly for the rest of us to see. You could bar comments from anyone that’s not in your club? You could all meet in a back room somewhere with the shades closed. Come to think of it, that would be kind of like living how I have to live now that my apartment complex has become rampant with loiterers who will become criminals if they get jobs. I keep my shades down, stare at my own feet to and from my car, and wait for my lease to run out.

    So sorry to have taken a few moments out of your money-making time on something as silly as the impact your choices may have on the very neighborhoods in which you invest.

  10. i am on section 8 and I am greatful for everything section 8 program and our landlord do for us. I am disabled and I have three children. Some landlords do fill that ALL section 8 tenents are bad and we don’t care of what we have. Well I am here to say that is not true, well not in my case. I am greatful for what God has blessed us with. Our landlord isn’t a slum lord and I call him to let him know when I have the rent money and he will come to the house to get it. He fix things in a timley manner .He will walk around the house to see the up keep and I don’t mind because I know what my purpose is of being a tenent. Providing a nice environment over my childrens head a nice school area. I am all for fraud police cause some people do take advantage of what the governments helps us with They know what the housing authority expects from us we sign paperwork. But there are actually people that are greatful for it. Have a blessed day everyone.

  11. @Lucas

    “Why should I have to pay for your decision to have two children when you couldn’t afford to feed them?”

    You do not pay my bills, feed my kids or do anything for me besides sit behind your computer and judge situations which you know nothing about.

    Wow, you pay taxes? So do I, buddy. Here’s a little education for ya since you don’t seem to understand where they all go:

    20% Defense and international security assistance

    20% Social Security

    21% Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP

    7% Benefits for Federal Retirees and Veterans

    3% Transportation and Infrastructure

    2% Science and Medical Research

    1% Non-Security International

    4% All other

    Now, I don’t know how much you pay in taxes or even how much you earn. But if you can read clearly and read the above…do you see where your tax dollars are going to support my children? I pay the same taxes as you and have actually researched into this before jumping onto a high horse as you are doing. A fraction of a cent of the taxes we pay go into Safety Net programs which keep people out of poverty. Other taxes go into paying off the National Debt.

    “Furthermore, why should I continue to have to pay for them as they grow up since you haven’t capitalized on this amazing opportunity to be supported through your toughest time?”

    Okay, once again you do not pay for anything having to do with my life. I have been employed since 18 years of age. I graduated high school, went on to college and I do have a job and continue to work while paying off my student loan debts. In case you didn’t know….the economy it really sucks right now. I’m very blessed and fortunate to have the job I have now. Unfortunately, it doesn’t pay very well, like most other jobs out there at this time. I would love to be able to go off Section 8 and pay my rent myself without any assistance. This is a huge misconception people like you have. Go do some research and come back when you have gotten some kind of education on this topic. *smh*

    • Forgive me for butting in on your conversation with Lucas but I noticed a communication error in y’all’s posts and hope to rectify it. When Lucas posted “Why should I have to pay for your decision to have two children when you couldn’t feed them?” I think the actual meaning was in an inclusive plural sense…Lucas likely did not mean that he specifically was paying for your specific irresponsible breeding but that he (as someone who has forfeited his own desires to have more kids than he can provide for) is certainly paying for it. I and others who would love to have kids have had to deal with the sad reality that we can’t afford to give them decent lives on our own dimes, so we chose not to have kids that would become a burden on the system through no fault of their own.

      You are absolutely correct in stating that the amount of taxes that go for programs such as section 8 is minuscule compared to other government spending but you are overlooking that the “free” money the government gives you to support your irresponsible breeding does come (even at fractions of a cent per tax payer) from OTHER people. Your argument seems to be that it is ok for you to essentially force your neighbors to put a dollar each into a pot and for you to put a dollar in the pot and then take back your dollar plus some portion of your neighbor’s dollar. Why is it anyone else’s responsibility to pay towards putting a roof over your children’s heads? Would the system survive if everyone decided that is a good way to live life? What makes you so special that you should be rewarded with kids and other people who don’t even know you should pick up the tab? When you go out to eat do you just pick whatever expensive restaurant you want and then when the check comes ask the people around you to chip in on your bill? Because that is what you are doing with your housing so you should be honest with yourself.

  12. I have made reports to my local office several of times about a tenant in my building she has several different people living with her, and every time they come to inspect they call or send a letter stating she was reported. so she moves them out for a couple of days then has them move back in. shes loud the police are always here for loud music and partying. I don’t know who else to contact cause nothing is being done. I personaly don’t think they should warn them before inspecting a fraud case but I guess that’s just my opinion. PLEASE someone tell me how to go above the local office to make a report.

  13. I know a female right now abusing section 8 she with charlotte housing authority her baby father been staying with her for a long time now and he is not on her vouchure he has felonys and she has 4 kids she even sells her food stamps and not suppose to be doing that her baby father sells drugs her neighbors even know that the baby father living their if section 8 found out she could lose her vouchure

  14. I have a neighbor who is sec8 because she doesn’t work and she has a young daughter . The daughter does not live with the mother, the young girl lives with the father. There is also drug deals going on in front of my house. This woman is so lazy that when it snows she will call my house and ask if I can shuvel the mail box because she will be receiving a check… And I refuse to do so because her lack of motivation to be an average citizen. Now my father was left parolized in his right leg due to a spinal surgery. After this man adapted to walking with a walker and assisted devises he went back to work full time. Justifies that people abuse the system on a daily basis. I believe the disabled and elderly should be entitled to government aid. Not someone who is too lazy to go shuvel her mailbox out so she can get her welfare check.

    • I agree 100%! My mother-in-law is disabled from shattering her hip while working! She has had 23 hip surgeries. She went to get assistance with food and she was advised that she could only get $13.00 a month for food assistance. One of her grandson’s, who is 23, had 3 children by two different women within 2.5 years. He has no job and pays so child support. One of the mother’s…..gets free housing, all of her utilities paid, $900.00 in food stamps (she sells all of them supposedly)….all while she is working as s stripper. DSS has been called multiple times on her and she doesn’t not take care of her child. How is it that she gets all of this free aid when someone who worked most of their life and is truly disabled can only get $13.00? I overheard another young lady speaking about her sister collecting enough food stamps for her three children (all of whom had fathers in jail) that she was able to share them all around the family to pay for others grocery bills and still had hundreds of dollars in stamps left over. She worked a full-time job, co-owns a 4 bedroom house, drives a Tahoe. How is this possible? Our system is totally messed up and something needs to be done about it.

  15. I just saw a case on people’s court where a lady was living in a $1200.00 per month apartment and she was paying $177.00 per month. Taxpayers were paying the rest. My house doesn’t cost $1200 a month. So I work my azz off and pay in full for everything I want, while these people live better than me and work none. I hate what this country has become and what our government has done. Penalizing working people, the same people that followed the rules. We get screwed for following the rules? I’ve had enough. I need to move out of this country. I refuse to have my hard earned money stolen from me, only to have it given to worthless pieces of sh*t. Our government is the enemy. The government took an oath to protect all citizens. They only protect those that will vote for them.

  16. I live in a building in Losangeles, Ca and there is a grandmother that has a section 8 voucher in her name. How do i know this? The landlord told me!But she doesn’t live there. Her gangbanging grandson does. And all his friends. I feel scared for my children and myself. Please someone tell me how to report this? Also does Losangeles section 8 have a police section?

    • I would definately contact the Housing Authority in that area. If the Landlord knows about it then they are in violation as well I am sure. I once had a girl call about renting my house. She flat out told me that she is 20 with two children and gets housing assistance, food assistance, and her utilities are paid. She then said….”my voucher is not enough to pay for the rent so can you reduce your rent $150.00 so I can move in. I have my boyfriend who is going to move in with me, but, I can not report him on my file because he makes way too much money and I would lose my voucher”. I was floored! Not only was she getting over on Section 8…she was trying to get over on me! I reported her. There really needs to be something done about this Section 8/Housing Fraud. If more people would speak up…maybe there would be some change.

  17. Wow. I am currently a Section 8 landlord. This is my first experience and quite possibly my last. Our Section 8 tenant has caused such damage and a huge financial mess for my husband and I. Our experience has been such with a woman with 3 children. She started off with sob stories and that should have been our big clue. She came into the situation complaining that although she was only paying $250 of her rent…she was upset that Section 8 would not allow her to have a 4 bedroom home instead of a 3 bedroom home, and that she didn’t think it was fair that two of her children would have to share a room. Really? Then she whined and had us to reduce our monthly rent $20.00 to accommodate her voucher. We needed to get our house rented so we did that. I have been unemployed from a great job due to layoff for over 2 years. My unemployment runs out this week and I was just offered a job which I had to turn down because I now have to travel back and forth 5 hours to deal with trying to evict her. This woman was collecting $1300.00 a month from her ex, getting Section 8, but, started working making a pretty decent salary. She never reported her income apparently and Section 8 caught up with her. She now owes them thousands of dollars and they are getting ready to kick her off of the program. We knew NOTHING about it…which I fault her and Section 8 for that! Now they are asking us to repay them for money they paid for her for this month, due to a “glitch” in their system. We have already paid bills with that money. On top of that….she claims she has no money… longer gets child support because her husband retired from the military (what does that have to do it)…and the job that she just told me she got….and was getting hired permanently laid her off again. So….not only does Section 8 want their money back from us…..they say she owes ALL of her rent and she doesn’t even have part of it according to her. We now have to pay them back almost 600.00 and on top of that pay our mortgage for the month as well as our own living expenses in another state. Section 8 says she is in violation and if she doesn’t pay them almost $1000.00 toward her debt to them they are kicking her off the program. We have taken the first step toward eviction, but, she had the nerve to call us and say…..she thought we would work with her and give her time….and what is she supposed to do when she has three children? My question is….was she thinking about her children when she was lying to Section 8 and causing us so much financial damage? Is she thinking about our expenses as landlords? Of course not…because she feels ENTITLED. How can she possibly think after what she has done…that she can somehow put her rent on “layaway”. This experience has been horrible. I know that everyone is not bad…but, this is ridiculous. I would think that if one is getting assistance that they would do everything they are supposed to do to make sure they are in compliance. Why should landlords have to suffer the brunt of a tenants foolishness? We have spent thousands of dollars working on our house and taking care of things for her and this is the thanks we get. Hopefully we can get a smooth eviction and find a suitable tenant or this house may have to go up for sale.

  18. Section 8 tenant on

    There are bad tenants and bad landlords and there are good tenants and good landlords in regards to section 8. I am a good tenant with a scummy landlord. In a nutshell he told me to pay him extra rent money or get out. Thankfully I know my law and my brother is an attorney and we are handling it. However… I still expect to be harassed until I can afford to move out. and as the comments here prove not many good landlords will take section 8. What am I going to do?
    a) move to another bad apt with another bad landlord
    b) save my money buy a campervan and live with less stress…because most people wont even know I’m inside.

    B – I am NOT going through this again.

  19. I think it is so sad that bad people mess things up for good people and it is do sad how greedy and foolushand desperate some people act when they receive a blessing.I also think that its sad for people that view all people on section 8 as the same when they don’t know their story.Not everybody is fraudulent, not everybody is a loser that’s on section 8 Anne not every person on section 8 nasty,and wants to really be on section 8 just to received so called handoutsThe real word is Help because not everyone functions like the next.I agree that if you have a husband living with you or a man Then no get your ass off of section 8 and if you. Have a mental disability get you some disability and get off section a and pay your own rent but if you areva single dad or mom just trying to survive then consider it a blessing.overall I think section 8 is a beautiful program and whoever thought of it deserves avgold medal because that is and was very loving anmd one of the kindest things they have ever done for the people of the united states.

  20. My husband and I are on Section 8. He is in a wheelchair and taking care of him is pretty much a full time job. Both of us are veterans. So no, not all tenants on Section 8 are destructive freeloaders. There are however some trouble makers in our building. That is totally the Housing Authority’s fault. They allowed a person with 2 strikes to get a voucher because she is on the “Shelter + Care” program, which in my opinion should be abolished or at least changed. In that program they don’t do a criminal background check. This woman is a drug addict, who is at this time active rather than recovering. She is also severely mentally ill, severely enough that she belongs in an institution. This program should be putting people in SROs instead of housing for the elderly or physically disabled. Los Angeles tends to ignore reports, but I will go straight to HUD if I get ignored.

  21. How can u be on section 8 and be on welfare as if that is really a income.Isn’t welfare only enough to take care of u and your kids.They definitely aint giving u enough money So how can u even afford rent if u on section 8.Why would u wait for a monthly check when u get your lazy self up and make big time money instead of going broke the minute your get your welfare check.Section 8 should only be for the disable people,and senior citizens.Young people are able to work.They should have a limit time on section 8.Like 5 yrs.

  22. I am 23, a single parent mother of one and I am also a section 8 and welfare recipient. I don’t work but I am a full time student. Section 8 is an extremely beneficial program for those who are trying to progress past their current situation and get on their feet. I have a 3 bedroom voucher valued at $1,800. I’m living in a 5 bedroom home, where I am subleasing 1 room at $450 because I don’t work and the money I receive from welfare isn’t even enough to even get by. I also took this opportunity to allow 4 women in my situation, going to school, struggling, with no support, and barely scraping by to stay with me. We all contribute $100 a month towards rent, utilities and household items and we keep our home in the best condition. No one but myself and my daughter are on the lease. Had it not been for me getting blessed with Section 8 my daughter and I would still be in a shelter and my friends would all be working dead end jobs and possibly not going to college which would keep the cycle of government dependency going. My landlord is 100% ok with what I’m doing all I did was be upfront with him about what my plans were before I moved in and I also pay him $150 extra. I hate being dependent on the government but I also use the government to my fullest advantage. I worked and had a minimum wage job at one point but quit when the county pretty much made sure that the amount that I was making and the amount that I am getting from welfare balanced out to pretty much equal what I was getting when I wasn’t working and my section 8 portion also went up. What was the point of working 40 hours and going to school? When I could just go to school and be at home with my daughter raising her right so she doesn’t end up in the same trap I’m climbing my way out of.

    Section 8 should not be so invasive in the recipients lives and recipients should be allowed to have who ever they need or want to live in their homes, even if not on the lease. Reading most of the post it seems a lot of you don’t understand that benefits coming from the government are not really beneficial, it’s a trap that perpetuates a constant cycle, for most already receiving benefits to have to depend on the government and only on the government. The reality of the situation is that the government system doesn’t allow you to be successful unless you are sneaking around the system and manipulating it to work in your benefit. I don’t agree with having all that you need and still leaching off the government but people still do it.

    I believe this report was very insightful as to how section 8 functions because had you not posted this I would never have known and now I’m looking into it further in my own city.


  23. Lawrence Blair on

    I think it is sad that our system is allowing people to abuse section 8 here in Washington State I reported it several times but yet nobody wants to investigate it I know it woman up here who has for strippers living with her paying her rent and got all my kids packed into one room selling her food stamps to buy meth but yet the state won’t help me to get my kids out of that situation

  24. Hello all. I’m a section 8 caseworker, our Housing Authority office does not have its own police, which perhaps would ve beneficial. Us workers, investigate fraud on a daily basis. I’ve been a worker for about 17 years, I’d like to clarify that not all section 8 participants commit fraud. There are families and individuals that do follow rules. Sadly, the rotten apples are the ones that make the tree look bad. I’ve seen individuals become doctors, lawyers, etc. I hate to say that in reality, there are more bad than good. The government has started prosecuting and yes, we started giving a limit of 5years assistance, unless your permanently disabled or elderly. As a worker, I get very upset when families are notified of rent increasing because they’ve obtained employment quit their jobs right before the effective month.

    • I worked many years in the legal field until I became permanently disabled. Most people assume a person who is educated and can make money is lazy. Not true. If your sick, your sick. no matter how many meds. Its just a fact. Most people who see me would never guess I suffer severe depression, ADHD, memory problems, and chronic fatigue. I sleep a good night and day. Sometimes a total of 75% within 12 hour period. I never dreampt I would be here. I did not plan this. I was happy to work. I raised my daughter alone with no help from her dad whatsoever and lived alone. She is 24 and in college and works. She is a beautiful, wonderful, loving and polite young lady. I am one of the few setting the bar high despite being a single mom. Despite statistics, she will be attending a Major University next year. Also, unlike some single moms, I never brought a man in the home nor allow anybody but my daughter to live with me. I live honestly and raised my daughter the same way. I never understood why anybody would jeopardize their Section – 8 with lies and dishonesty. Its a shame! I thank God for Section-8. It provides a safe place for us to live and we are extremely grateful and appreciate that Section-8 exists.

  25. I want to add to my previous comment, since i mentioned the disability checks being higher than working income from full time jobs. HOC refuses to make any allowances for medical bills here unless a person is receiving a disability check. I still have the medical conditions I did when disabled, and nearly every spare penny goes to medical bills, because without paying them, I would go back to being too unfit medically to work. Yet these people who get these disability checks that are higher than what working people make, not only get the vouchers more easily and are seen as more deserving by people who stereotype HCV recipients, but they also get credit for their medical bills so their rent is even further reduced. Financially, as far as HOC is concerned, it would be to my benefit to stop paying my medical bills to get back on disability so I can benefit from it the way these current disability check HCV recipients do. On top of that, while no longer being a hard working taxpayer, I would get more respect from you stereotyping people who think only people with disabilities should have HCVs. Please stop the stereotyping and uneducated opinions about HCV recipients.

  26. robert whitford on

    I am Disabled, with a catastrophic illness, I waited, when I was dying living, in a Hospice, 11 yrs to get my voucher, for this woman to blanketly to say;” get off section, if your Senior, or Disabled, “show’s me her , Redneck bias, and resentment; probably directed mostly toward, people of color, ” South, there’s your Peace officers at their best, and how and who they really protect, ” Lady’ Here’s a wakeup call, Every Case is different, and not under your Scrutiny, thank god, I think your a grifter, and a fraud, and have No business in your position, but as the say, A smiling pig, you know hides spoils. So I’m sure on the take in some way! Do you also dawn a White sheet and Burn cross’s off hours in the name of Morality? SHAME ON YOU!

  27. Hey guy I was staying with my ex and his family and they had section 8. It was about 13 people living in the house and his sister and her 6 kids were only on the lease. Long story short his sister turned out to be an evil asshole and I called section 8. When I told my boyfriend he dumped me and called me all kinds of names. I asked why I couldn’t treat her the same way she treated me. So I’m pregnant and he refuses to be in my life as well as my child because of what I did. I assumed he would be relieved because of all the evil things she did to him. Should I feel bad for called Section 8? I didn’t make an anonymous report. I wanted her to know never to fuck with me again!

  28. Hi, I’m a landlord in Georgia with an ex Section 8 tenant who left me with almost $2,000 in damages. I won my case against her in Small claims court, now waiting to see how Section 8 will enforce her to pay up. She was the worst tenant to date. She was a pro-manipulator.

    Any ideas on how Georgia Section 8 enforce tenants to pay up after destroying landlords property??


  29. Jacob Gish

    Enjoyable and educational article! The comments are interesting. I’ve often thought about section 8 issues such as these. I also spend a lot of time thinking about why vacant homes outnumber homeless people 5 to 1 in USA while simultaneously copious charities think the best way of solving the homeless problem is accomplished by building more houses.

    • Wm. Hadley

      Jacob you sound like a wise man. I too often contemplated that same wonder about all the empty houses 10 12 on a two block section. But seriously in Birmingham Alabama I’ve seen whole municipalities fold up and go to he’ll when the white people move out; because of crime and drugs and the dealers moving in. Very perplexing indeed, property values deplete next thing you see is people just hanging out, not working running their hustle, then there comes the homeless. Families too not just single folk. They end up in some of the vacant homes. Drive through these areas and stop anywhere like getting gas and you will have these folks coming up asking for a dollar like it was just ment to be that wY, or like uou owe it to them or some such pitiful attitude like that. So I donr know but I rhink ir has alot to do with race.

  30. I have a very serious , I had a woman come to my home, first banging on my door at 1:30 am, she was attempting to pepper spray, she blurred I gonna pepper spray you, when she attempted I hit her with a base ball bat, she came to my home, two of the three officer told their sargeant that I shouldnt be arrested but the sargeant arrested me, even if the two other didnt agree know I when to my rental office immediatelly to inform them of the incent the manager that I could lose my section 8 for getting arrested, but It has not been filed as of yet at the State attorney office, they have the final word. What should prepare in the cause I do get to trail can I lost my section, I am 58, never had an issues with my section 8, pay my rent on time, neverhad issues with no here where I live, this girl 30 has substance abuse not electri and stealing gas. She uses her apartment for prostatution and have people rent a room for sex trade for money or drug. The rent office is a aware of all this. I been a model tenent. so what can you inform me about my current sistuation Bradenton, florida.. Can some help me disable, student 58, widow..

  31. Get this I lived with a man for two years, I had already signed up for section 8 before I moved in with him but there was a waiting list. But anyways he got his voucher a month after so we went to the meeting in which I had to sit outside, he told me he needs my social security number to put me on his voucher I complied so a few days later he said I have to pay 400.00 dollars a month well I thought that’s not bad so for two years I paid that and thinking that I’m on section 8 to. Well because I wouldn’t sell his pills while he was at work in which he wasn’t supposed to be doing and getting paid cash, he put me out. Keeping most of my belongings as well. He has another woman living with him that is also on section 8 and let’s her son and daughter in law live in her house both of them work and make good money as well as she does to, taking care of a lady and making $260.00 a week. Talking about abusing the system they are and I have to sign back up again to wait for another two years for any help. I called the section 8 lady in my county where we all live to complain about all this but guess what. That lady is kin to my ex’s girlfriend so you know nothing is going to happen!

  32. I guess I can’t understand how “tax payers” are not more mad at the massive corporate subsidies, versus the minor amount towards safety nets. 7000 dollar hammers, 2700 dollar a gallon ethonal.. TRILLIONS missing with no explanation, but yes, let’s spend more money to find out who’s sleeping on some poor lady’s couch……. only in America (single father vet on a voucher )

  33. Geeze you guys make me wish to be homeless rather than get the help I need. I am unable to work due to events beyond my control… and because I am in my 30s it’s even harder to get disability though I am on the food stamp program which I would be totally lost without. I even have a freind who lost his legs and still can;t get the help he needs 🙁 and you guys certainly make it worse… thanks alot!!

    But the way you guys talk makes me even scared to try!!! It’s not fair to make others suffer just because some people abuse it.

  34. I am a home health aid of a 53 year old woman. Her and her daughter live in section 8 . What bothers me the most is. Her husband which she claims they are getting a divorce is living there. Now I am an aid only to the 53 year old woman. Not everyone’s maid that she allows to come into the home. Her husband doesn’t work he is 48 and perfectly capable of working but all of them really knows how to work the system. I work own my own home pay taxes. Why should the tax payers pay for bums like him and others a place to stay who is doing drugs which I have found in the home. Why should we pay for him a place to live. Also she is on foodstamps paying for his food.

  35. Ok what about property management companies that have people work a couple of properties with 1 being section 8 and they fraud the time cards to get their people paid. Say they work 80 every two weeks and 40 goes to 1 place and 40 to the other but they only work 15 at the section 8 property and the rest at the none section 8. But the management people put an equally amount of time to both unless you work over the 40 at the section 8 then they will charge them the right amount of time? How do you report that kind of fraud

  36. My ex husband lost his HUD as he did not tell them he married me and I was there. Also, his sister was his landlady so they stopped his payments of $700 a month. The IRS wrote him about 1040 which he does not pay as he is on disability and is 70 years old in April. Will he be prosecuted for fraud and does he have to pay back the money? He says if he reapplies for HUD he will be prosecuted they told him?

  37. We’ve have Section 8 several times and always abandoned it. Why? The units are always dirty, loud, dangerous, in the ghettos. Right now me and my family are living in a tent in the woods, because it is better than the Section 8 program!

  38. Your final words kind of put me in a bit of a shock because there’s some people out here that have nobody to watch their kids. They can’t afford the child care, todays prices too high but not enough for workers, it’s ridiculous. As well as you never know who to trust anymore because you don’t know who is crazy, carrying weapons or drugs on them, or messed up, passing out or touching/ abusing our children. YOU can’t even trust family half the time in this world today. Next time try to see from some other people’s perspectives, ones with no family willing or able to help/support or close family friends around the area. Maybe they moved somewhere new because their whole family was in a horrible firey car crash and they all died…you never know what people have been through, so don’t jump so quick to judge.

  39. Tosha Livingston on

    This is the most ignorant comment section I’ve ever read in my life. I am a current section 8 tenant living in the Bay Area. Rent for a studio apartment in my area can go as high as $3500 A month. NO, I can not afford that much for a studio, let alone $4500 for a 3 bedroom. My current rent is $3500 monthly in which I pay $1800 of that. Never in my life done drugs, don’t drink, don’t smoke, Never been arrested, never evicted or asked to leave, pay my rent on time, have a BA in sociology working on a 4yr RN degree,have a 758 credit score, and only people that live with me are the people on the voucher.
    These ignorant stereo types, like the ones in this comment section, are the reason why people like me are having a hard time finding a rental. It’s practically impossible to find a landlord that will take a voucher in my area, but when you do about 100 section 8 tenants apply, and also people who don’t have a voucher. The insane competition for housing is pathetic. Most of us have done nothing wrong but not make enough money to rent at market rate. For goodness sake, I make 70k a year and can’t afford to purchase my own home or rent a comfortable home for my family. I hate that when I mention “section 8” people assume that I am on welfare (which I’ve never been on), on drugs, dirty, or will have tons of people on the property urghhh…
    Take responsibility landlords, screen your potential renters. Go to thier current home and see how they live, do a thorough background check, try to take tenants with verifiable rental history. Don’t blame all section 8 tenants for your irresponsible selection process. Some landlords see section 8 as a opportunity to receive guaranteed rent, not to mention charging 20% over market, it’s horrible. Look at yourselves because YOU are the problem it the tenants. I mean ask yourself, would you want a doctor to preform surgery on you without the proper creditials???

  40. Wm. Hadley

    Wow reading these comments makes me feel like I’m living in public Housing project called Gate City in Birmingham. Actually I’m a Navy veteran with a section 8 housing choice voucher. Disabled physically with chronic PTSD. I got my voucher after being homeless for 2 years and 9 months. I’m very grateful for the help. I had to complete a 90 day domicellry program at Tuscaloosa Veterans MHC. I got a certificate of completion. Yeah I lived the goid life job kids successful Trucking company owner nice elaborate homes, well 3 of them I rented one my Dad left me. So when the bottom fell out and my ship sunk I went down with her. Now divorced kids grown ex wife remarried the owner and cattleman of the diesel shop where I used to get my trucks worked on. Yep life is good now, left my son and daughter 3 acres with two homes on it. As for me paying $144 of the $650 a month for my 2 bedroom rental house I’m so very rbankful, being homeless sucked. God bless the VA for all their help, but I signed on the line to do with my life as they wAnted as an enlisted man. Thank you to all the other Veterans that made it through. I’M FOR POLICING. the housing authority. Keeps the damn riff raff out of our pockets. I know first hand of all the abuse of the privilege to have help paying for a roof over there heads. Drugs, prostitution, child molesters, theifs, liers ,food stamp fraud etc…its all in the public housing. I love mowing my lawn and tending my garden, my landlord who also is a veteran lost his right arm to a mortar round is grateful he found me too. We’re out here, good deserving tenants. Just not easy to find so it seems. But keep the housing cops in your prayers, we need them on the job. Thank you President Trump for making America a great place to live.

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