“Boston’s Poor Forced To Find 2017 Apartments At 2005 Rental Rates,”
written by BIANCA VAZQUEZ TONESS of WGBH News
Be sure to read it and learn the trick.
Why should they have to ask for this increase?
This problem is caused by elected officials in Massachusetts government. Policy makes a difference. When they don’t get it right, it is a #FAIL. Politics is the control of a limited amount of fixed resources.
The article says … “xtremely hard,” said 35-year-old Ashesha Rockette.”
Rockette receives a state housing voucher that helps subsidize her rent. She is required to pay a third of her monthly income — $211 — toward the rent while the state kicks in the rest.
excerpt: The state’s Department of Housing and Community Development would not comment on the funding levels for the voucher program.
The state slashed the budget in the 1990s. Over the last few years, they’ve restored some funding, but that’s gone to increasing the number of vouchers, not the subsidy amount.
excerpt: At 2005 rates, you may also struggle to find a safe, working apartment that meets state housing standards, said Rockette. When Rockette eventually found a place in Hyde Park for $1,650, it was far from perfect. Last week, the water was turned off. There’s mold, and rodents. Her mailbox has never locked properly, so she misses important mail.
excerpt: Two years ago, that meant the state was paying the difference between her third and a cap of $1,392 — the maximum amount she could spend on rent. Rockette was not able to find an apartment at that rate. She eventually negotiated a better deal with the state, but many people who rely on these vouchers are still locked into the cap, which was set back in 2005.
HEADLINE: Dec 12, 2017,
Governor Baker announce a plan for 135,000 new housing units by year 2025
In May 2016, the governor announced $1.1 Billion for housing investment in Massachusetts. Where is the happy ending to the story?
When policy makers in government allocate billions of dollars to cover necessary expenses, there is negotiation. Do you build more housing the less fortunate can afford? Do you fix rusty bridges, replace underground the water pipes, cover cost of free insurance for poor people? Do you build a new highway?
What do you do with fixed amount of money?
The answer never pleases everybody.