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How to get hundreds of dollars added to Section 8 housing vouchers in Boston.

a dollar for an idea

” [ How to Get More Dollars Added to a Section 8 Housing Voucher to Cover Rising Boston Rents ] ”  is a better title  for the how-to article on WGBH’s web site..  T

But the article was  titled “Boston’s Poor Forced To Find 2017 Apartments At 2005 Rental Rates,” posted December 12, 2017 written by BIANCA VAZQUEZ TONESS of WGBH News, and  posted at this link   https://news.wgbh.org/2017/12/12/

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

http://www.wbur.org/bostonomix/2017/12/11/bakler-new-housing-plan

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.

 

 

 

 

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Anticipated Trump affordable housing budget cuts listed in the mainstream media. 

Budget cuts to HUD operations help fuel a Fifty-four billion dollar spend on new military investments being planned by  President Trump. Yeah,  the money has to come from somewhere!

There is  $6 billion to be taken from Dr. Ben Carson’s Housing and Urban Development department.  HUD  will have to find other sources of revenue or go without it.

The cut will affect HUD direct rental assistance payments  including Section 8 Housing and housing vouchers for homeless veterans. Its going down by $300 million annually.

And the Washington Post reported there could be reductions in  Section 202 elderly program money by 10%, Section 811 housing for people with disabilities by  20 percent and Native American housing support by 20 percent.

I think there must be an upside to all this.

Whether these low income housing budget cuts happen or not will be revealed shortly when President Trump releases his budget in the coming weeks.
There is also the idea that federal departments can sustain cuts like this without harming people they serve because of wasteful government spending.

But  eliminating waste won’t be enough to cover the shortfall.

Adding to this cloud of uncertainty, a preliminary forecast put forth by the Association of Retired Persons are predicts  that a 65 year old person with an annual income of $15,000 will have to pay $8,400 for insurance if Trump / Ryan get  their way.  Today that bill is less than $2,000 with Obamacare in place.