Is Section 8 fulfilling its purpose today?
A little history about Section 8, it was started in the great depression to address the country housing crisis. In the 1960s and 1970s, the federal government created subsidy programs to increase the production of low-income housing and to help families pay their rent. This subsidy program, the predecessor to the modern program, was not a pure housing allowance program. Housing authorities selected eligible families from their waiting list, placed them in housing from a master list of available units, and determined the rent that tenants would have to pay. In the 1970s, when studies showed that the worst housing problem afflicting low-income people was no longer substandard housing, but the high percentage of income spent on housing, Congress passed the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, further amending the U.S. Housing Act of 1937 to create the Section 8 Program. In the Section 8 Program, tenants pay about 30 percent of their income for rent, while the rest of the rent is paid with federal money.
The rules have definitely changed for Section 8 as far as who can live in the dwelling unit. I think you can’t have a felony or any prior convictions in your background or be on drugs. It also is mind blowing that most families cant live in the same household especially when their child becomes of age. If this system was designed to help people and assist those in the time that they are in the most need, why would someone be forced to make the tough decision of either giving up their place of residency or continuing to support their child? I believe section 8 is a trick. Fathers couldn’t even be in the household with their children in the 1970s and 80s.
How does this affect the mind set of people who are currently on Section 8 and have been for many years?
Is Section 8 defeating the purpose for which it was created? I grew up on Section 8 and family members still have it to this day, so my purpose is not to criticize people who are on Section 8; it is merely to bring light to a crisis that is currently facing the Section 8 system. When I hear someone say that I would rather make a small amount of money a year because they don’t want to mess up their Section 8, that boggles my mind. You would rather stay at a lower wage then make more money and be able to pay your own way. I know many people that have used the system that was designed to help us and abused it because of low level thinking. I remember some years back receiving a text message from a friend who stated thank God I just got approved for Section 8 now I can lay back and chill. I thought to myself why would someone condition their mind to think it will be alright to step back in life instead of taking a leap forward. Who wouldn’t like for their rent to be $150.00 a Month? What kind of system helps destroy your family and forces you to work a low wage job to be a part of the system. We have to wake up and become independent and create our own way of life and not the life people hand us because so many of us are stuck depending on a system that has failed the community.