Public Housing and Rental Assistance Basics

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Trying to get public housing or rent assistance can be a complex and time-consuming endeavor. Understanding what recipients of aid go through can also be difficult for those who earn more money or have fewer family obligations. Below is a gathering of information that will help you understand the public housing system and how to use it to meet your and your family’s needs if necessary.

What is public housing?

As described by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), public housing provides “decent and safe rental housing for eligible low-income families, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.” HUD administers funding to local Housing Agencies (HAs) that manage public housing in a variety of forms, from apartment complexes to single-family homes. Public housing provides comfortable accommodations at reduced prices for those who cannot afford market rent in their area.

What are tenant-based rental vouchers, or Section 8?

In addition to providing public housing to those in need, HUD sponsors a housing choice voucher program sometimes called “Section 8.” This program allows local Public Housing Authorities, or PHAs, to provide funding that will offset the cost of renting living space from an approved private company or landlord. The PHA must approve both the landlord and the tenant for participation in the program, ensuring that the housing being offered meets safety standards, and verifying that the potential tenant is eligible for federal assistance. To search for apartments in your area that accommodate tenants receiving assistance, use this handy resource provided by HUD.

Who qualifies for these programs?

You must apply for public housing and rental voucher programs. Admission to these programs is based on your family’s income in comparison to the median income in your area. Usually, your family must earn less than 30% to 50% of the average area income. Factors such as age and disability are also taken into consideration on applications for assistance. If you have a large family and very minimal means to provide for them, or have limited income due to age or disability, a public housing or rental assistance program may be able to help you out over time. If you have an education and work history, but are temporarily unemployed or just short on funds, public housing or rental assistance is probably not for you.

How do I apply?

The application process is involved, and there is often a waiting list for available units. You’ll need to contact your local housing authority for information about the specific application materials you need to submit. Generally, you’ll have to provide the following information:

(1) Names of all persons who would be living in the unit, their sex, date of birth, and relationship to the family head;

(2) Your present address and telephone number;

(3) Family characteristics (e.g., veteran) or circumstances (e.g., living in substandard housing) that might qualify the family for tenant selection preferences;

(4) Names and addresses of your current and previous landlords for information about your family’s suitability as a tenant;

(5) An estimate of your family’s anticipated income for the next twelve months and the sources of that income;

(6) The names and addresses of employers, banks, and any other information the HA would need to verify your income and deductions, and to verify the family composition

HUD notes that your local PHA also may visit you in your home to interview you and your family members to see how you manage the upkeep of you current home.

Can landlords treat recipients of rental assistance (Section 8) differently than regular tenants?

No. Tenants living in private property who receive rental assistance are bound to their lease agreements, just like regular renters. The only special requirement for tenants receiving assistance is that the local PHA sponsoring the tenancy be notified of all problems with the tenant and any legal action taken against the tenant. Just like “regular” tenants, section 8 or rental assistance tenants may be evicted for failure to comply with the terms of their lease. The PHA usually holds tenants receiving assistance to a set of behavioral standards that go beyond the lease agreement, so working with the PHA can be particularly effective in resolving problems with tenants receiving rental assistance.

What are my responsibilities as a resident of public housing or a recipient of rental vouchers?

Receiving rental assistance or housing from the government does not exonerate you from the traditional renter’s responsibilities. You must adhere to the terms of your lease, refrain from damaging your apartment, and allow others to enjoy their rented space as well. Aside from notifying the PHA of any problems you’ve caused or lease terms you’ve broken, your landlord will treat you like any other tenant.

What if I’m not a candidate for rental assistance? Should I avoid properties that have Section 8 units in them?

There is no need to avoid apartment complexes that offer space to people receiving Section 8 vouchers. However, do realize that not everyone in your apartment community meets a certain minimum annual income or has the same work schedule as you. If you’d like, you can ask the property manager how many units (if any) are set aside for tenants receiving assistance. If a majority of the property is occupied by Section 8 tenants, simply realize that you are in the minority as someone who does not receive assistance. Since tenants receiving assistance are held to the same lease agreement as other tenants, and may even have to uphold higher standards of behavior, you should not have trouble with your Section 8 neighbors. If you do, notify your landlord as you would regarding a dispute with any other tenant in your complex.

How do I know if a property offers Section 8?

Simply ask the landlord if the property accommodates tenants receiving assistance. You can also contact your local PHA or search one of the many resources available online from Affordable Housing, eHow, or HUD. To find the right form of affordable housing for yourself and your family, your best option is to work with your local PHA.

94 Responses to “Public Housing and Rental Assistance Basics”

  1. April 27, 2006 at 11:12 pm, Guest said:

    just because it’s illegal to discriminate against housing subsidy recipients doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen… expect discrimination to be the rule rather than the exception (especially if you are Black or brown) and GO PREPARED. it’s not too extreme to tape conversations with prospective landlords! take it from me — i’ve had landlords who asked me what the cap for my subsidy was, and then raised their rental price RIGHT THEN AND THERE,while i was standing in front of them!

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  2. July 20, 2006 at 8:44 pm, Guest said:

    I live in a complex that recently opened up some units to Section 8 tenants. Avoid these properties if you want to live in any kind of peace. Landlords seem to treat the subsidized tenants better than paying ones because they’re guaranteed their rent. They’re permitted to get away with a lot more infractions for that reason.

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  3. September 03, 2006 at 6:28 pm, Guest said:

    Definitely!!!! Leasing agents who know nothing about housing vouchers, think there is too much paperwork, and to the first comment on this page, Excuse Me, but I graduated from Yale, and had a six figure income, before I broke my neck in an automobile accident, so do not imply that I am white trash!!!!!!
    I am probably more american than those who say they are, becuase my family is native and we make up about .02% of population in NJ, and just because I am retired at 33 years of age, does not make me stupid, and I CERTAINLY am NOT treated better than those whom are just on welfare and sucking our money out of our taxes, esp. those from other countries, who HATE Americans, and are just in the USA to take advantage of a democratic society. Thay make me sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. September 03, 2006 at 6:31 pm, Guest said:

    If you think all sec. 8 recepients are indigent, think again, honey!!!!

    Go to an Ivy league school, be a native american, and break your neck. You will probably be granted sec. 8 as well!!!!!

    I certainly would not stick your nose up at we who are on section 8, because you my friend are no better!!!!!!! I am treated worse than immigrants where I live, and that just makes me SICK!!!!!!!!!!

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  5. September 03, 2006 at 6:33 pm, Guest said:

    Wow, even people that have made money for years and then became disabled get section 8. Imagine that!!!!

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  6. September 11, 2006 at 8:42 pm, Guest said:

    I have lived an an apartment for over 15 years – the landlord begged me to apply to section 8 – because they are having trouble renting out units under the program – I said I would IF I could stay in the same unit (which I have kept very clean and taken care of) – now they are trying to force me to move to a torn down broken up unit – that no one will rent in order to receive the section 8 – I won’t move into the torn up unit and have to make repairs and clean it and buy new appliances and such – not to mention paying new utility deposits – getting new checks and the huge hassle of moving – just because they have a filthy apartment no one else will rent. So I plan to just say no – interesting that other people are not being asked to move in order to get the section 8. In fact this has made me so angry – I am thinking about moving completely from the apartments to a different one. I don’t like being treated like this – no wonder thay cannot rent out apartments. Plus they must think I am extremely dumb to not see the scam they are trying on me.

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  7. January 18, 2007 at 8:35 am, Guest said:

    I lived in subsidized housing and they routinely would place black and minority tenants( I am white) in the back of the complex so that prospective tenants would not “see” them. We all were treated like 2nd class citizens – it was not section 8 either–just reasonable housing for a very high cost of living area. I am a teacher and was treated horrible, I am currently fighting them over excessive charges when I relocated. I live in Stafford, Virginia.

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  8. March 06, 2007 at 12:17 pm, Guest said:

    I am in desperate need of help for rental assistance?? I am having a such a hard time getting help.

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  9. April 03, 2007 at 6:31 pm, Guest said:

    can i move from my apartment that has a lease that doesn’t expire for 4 months i do have the landlords permission?

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  10. June 10, 2007 at 5:43 pm, Guest said:

    my name is contessa thompson im in need of housing for my 6children and i we are homeless have been since 2006.i can be reached at 708-813-0599.please
    this is very urgent to me.my email address is
    luv_me_mario@yahoo.com i need to speak to someone soon as possible i was an c.h.a. resident at leclaire courts.i was having problems with my manager that has me due to being homeless as of now.i was living in chicago public housing.

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  11. July 16, 2007 at 9:29 am, Guest said:

    Please help me, I am in desperate need of rental assistance and I don’t know where to turn. You can contact me at lfish0106@yahoo.com

    Thank you

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  12. August 19, 2007 at 9:51 am, Guest said:

    I can relate to your situation. I was mislead to a nice townhome which upon the first encounter was nice and well maintained. When we actually signed the lease agreemant and moved in it was found out that the people in this complex with the exception of one other family were all section 8 families. I personally think that the program is great for the people who really need the help. After the first month of living here my husband and I are sleep depraved ( we both work hard for our family ) there is mold in the closets, it took management 2 months to fix the hot water, my 14 year old was threatened with a large kitchen knife ( by a 43 year old black lady) my pregnant daughter can not step out the door without someone wanting to beat her up. It is not right for these people to stay awake half the night sitting out in the drive on lawn chairs drinking and smoking pot when the rest of us have to work. I have nothing against these people. If they need the help that is fine but if they can afford to buy dope and alchol then they can pay the same rent that we do. P>S> this is not just a weekend thing it is everyday. my husband gets up at 5am and does not get to sleep till sometimes 3am because of the noise. The management has been notified and the response was THERE IS NOTHING I CAN DO.

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  13. August 22, 2007 at 4:33 pm, Guest said:

    Please help me. I am a 24 year old mother and my husband is 26. We have a 6 1/2 month old daughter and we are one welfare but no one from there is help or lettin g us know where can we go for apertment help. We are going fro house to house and we need our own space please help me. contact me at 347 208-9577

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  14. September 26, 2007 at 9:04 pm, Guest said:

    distress

    My Husband lives in Sunshadow Apt in Casselberry FL what has aa bad reputation.
    We got seperatet in June and he moved there. We both did not know I was ill. Some Braindamage and multiple Stokes what I did not know. My husband said he cant get out of the lease. he has 9 month moree to go.
    I called Sunshadow Apt and asked someone can be released if a member of family gets ill? They said it doesent matter he has to pay fo the entie Year.
    I feel this is robbery because they can put othe people in it and charge double. I cant meeet not all our finacel obigation anymore and fallinng behind.
    Is there any Phonenumber I can ccall for leagel advice.

    Thanks in advance for your help

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  15. October 02, 2007 at 8:47 am, Guest said:

    I am a 61 year old disabled woman living in Jacksonville, FL. I am using my Housing Choice Voucher and I need to move to Pensacola, FL to be near my children because of my illness. I want to “port” my voucher to Pensacola. I have an apartment now that rents for $608. When I move will they make my voucher less in Pensacola? If I find a 2 bedroom that rents for the same as a 1 bedroom, may I take it? Since I am disabled I really need a “live in aid” and 2 bedrooms..will I have to pay more because I need 2 bedrooms because of “live in aid”?…I have just exhausted myself trying to figure all this out…does anyone know how this really works…I have studied the HUD site and found very little info on these questions. Please take a minute and help me if you can. Carole Laverty

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  16. October 18, 2007 at 10:04 pm, Guest said:

    I NEED MY OWN PLACE WITH MY THREE CHILDREN WHICH TWO OF THEM ARE IN SPECIAL ED AND HAVE DISABILITIES. IM STAYING WITH MY SISTER AT THE MOMENT AND LOOKING FOR A JOB. I WENT TO GET HELP FROM RENTAL ASST AND THEY DENIED ME.ITS A SHAME THAT THE PEOPLE THAT WANTS TO PROGRESS AND NEED A LITTLE HELP AT THWE BEGINING AND DOESNOT WANT TO BE A BURDEN TO ANYONE ARE THE FIRST ONES HAVING THE DOOR CLOSED.I AM DEPRESSED PLEASE CAN YOU HELP US EMAIL ME Campanita024@yahoo.com

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  17. November 04, 2007 at 10:35 am, Guest said:

    Please help me with this terrible ordeal!!! Hi I am a 28 year old single mother of three boys,and I am having a hard time because my middle son has developmental delay which is putting a strain on me and I am depressed all the time due to this situation. I am trying to attend college myself and trying to allow my kids to have a roof over their head and food on the table but now I am ready to give up hope. I tried welfare but its not enough to take care of three kids or even try to live decent.Now I cant afford to stay in my home anymore because I am only receiving a small amount of child support which I think is so unfair. My lease will be up Nov.30,2007 and I have no place to go. Can someone please help me locate housing. Right now I am willing to move anywhere. Because the state of Alabama doesn’t help its residents find affordable housing especially if you have bad credit. I feel like if I had ok credit I wouldn’t be in this dilemma. But I messed that up when I was fresh out of high school… Please help me I would greatly appreciate any help. my email address is byancshaw26@yahoo.com

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  18. November 27, 2007 at 4:33 pm, Guest said:

    i am nineteen and am about to be kicked out of my family’s home i live in nyc will i be able to apply as a homeless application to public housing or will i have to go to a shelter first thats what a friend of mine tole me any help would be great

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  19. December 14, 2007 at 11:26 am, Guest said:

    Im 19 years old and I just graduated high school this past may.Im no longer living in my father’s home but staying with friends. Im not exactly sure what I need to do or even how to go about getting rental assistance so any advice is greatly appreciated.

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  20. December 21, 2007 at 6:13 pm, Guest said:

    HI IM A 30 YEARS OLD DISABLED AND HAVE A 7 YEAR OLD BOY AND I JUST MOVED IN FROM A SHEALTER BUT NOW I’M IN THE HOLE MY HUSBAND LEFT AGAIN FOR THE SECOND TIME AND I’M NOT GOING TO HAVE ANY OTHER HELP BUT WHAT I GET AND I WANT TO MOVE TO CASSELBERY FL AREA AND I DONT WANT TO STAY LONG AT MY MOMS HOUSE CZ DON;T WANT TO INVADE HER PRIVECY SO I NEED ALL THE HELP I COULD GET WITH INFO ABOUT APARTMENTS THATI WOULD BE ABLE TO AFORD I’M LOOKIN FOR A LOW INCOME APARTMENT PLEASE GIVE ME SOME INFO THANK U

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  21. January 15, 2008 at 11:35 pm, Guest said:

    well i need help to and how do u think that people are going to help u there not helping me.they dont give a fuck about us i have 2 kids 2 and im homeless and its cold out side

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  22. January 23, 2008 at 10:51 am, Guest said:

    I am a 33 year old male who has custody of my teenage daughter and my four month old granddaughter. We presently live with family and the house has become very cramped to the extent that they have asked me to move out. I do not have anywhere to go and am saddened because their decision not only affects me, but also my daughter and granddaughter. I am seeking housing for us so that they, along with myself will not be out on the street with no place to go. I currently live on the westside of Jacksonville and I do work, but right now since I had been paying to stay there I am short on cash. PLEASE HELP ME, I DO NOT WANT TO LOOSE MY FAMILY.

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  23. January 23, 2008 at 10:53 am, Guest said:

    I wrote earlier, I am the 33 year old single father and grandfather about to be homeless, I forgot to include my e-mail address yakkie33@yahoo.com.

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  24. February 11, 2008 at 10:47 am, Guest said:

    The girl who lives in nyc can come live with me , im 20 years old and i have a 5 mth old baby and we live in a apartment. i live in brooklyn so hit me up here!

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  25. February 23, 2008 at 10:36 pm, Guest said:

    im a 19 year old pregnant women living in a rented room and the owner of the apartment needs me to leave in 4 months because his family is moving in, i do have a job but is not enough for me to ge a place on my own, so can you please help me out getting public housing.

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  26. March 19, 2008 at 11:23 pm, Guest said:

    hi i am 24 with a 2 1/2 year old daughter.i am living with an aunt that says that we need to be out by may if i have a job or not and it is reall hard for me right now. my husband is not here is is overseas in jordan and we cannot be together right now. i have no income and am very worried about my daughter i dont want to become homeless with a child. i just need some help until my husband comes back which should be in a few months if it the Lords will any help would be greatly appreciated. thank you and God Bless you can get ahold of me at bianca_alsharif2006@yahoo.com thank you

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  27. April 02, 2008 at 1:12 pm, Guest said:

    i am a 24 y old mother of one and i have been bounceing from place to place since my daughter was born i am in need of a steady place to live i feel like me and my daughter are falling under the cracks anyone,any landlords willing to help me and my baby girl find somewhere to live please i need help i am unable to live this life of drifting any longer moving from friends house to friends house is not allowing me to live productivly as others do i feel like the worst mother ever and moving from here to there is not allowing me to keep a steady job some one out there if you have any advise or help please for me i’ll take any sugestion

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  28. April 23, 2008 at 9:27 am, Guest said:

    WELL I AM A 25 YR OLD MOTHER AND I AM PREGNANT I AM IN NEED DESPRATE NEED OF A PLACE TO STAY I HAVE A JOB BUT IT DOESN’T PAY TO MUCH. ALSO I HAVE BAD CREDIT AND AN EVICTION ON MY RECORD SO I WAS WONDERING DO ANYONE KNOW WHERE I CAN GET SOME TYPE OF LOW INCOME HOUSING OR SECTION 8. I’M ON LAKE COUNTY WAITING LIST BUT I BEEN ON THERE 5 YEARS. I LIVE IN NORTHCHICAGO ILLINOIS IF ANYONE CAN HELP PLEASE EMAIL ME AT ANESHAK@YAHOO.COM THANK YOU GOD BLESS.

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  29. May 05, 2008 at 4:37 pm, Guest said:

    Title 24: Housing and Urban Development
    PART 982—SECTION 8 TENANT BASED ASSISTANCE: HOUSING CHOICE VOUCHER PROGRAM
    Subpart G—Leasing a Unit

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    § 982.316 Live-in aide.
    (a) A family that consists of one or more elderly, near-elderly or disabled persons may request that the PHA approve a live-in aide to reside in the unit and provide necessary supportive services for a family member who is a person with disabilities. The PHA must approve a live-in aide if needed as a reasonable accommodation in accordance with 24 CFR part 8 to make the program accessible to and usable by the family member with a disability. (See §982.402(b)(6) concerning effect of live-in aide on family unit size.)

    (b) At any time, the PHA may refuse to approve a particular person as a live-in aide, or may withdraw such approval, if:

    (1) The person commits fraud, bribery or any other corrupt or criminal act in connection with any federal housing program;

    (2) The person commits drug-related criminal activity or violent criminal activity; or

    (3) The person currently owes rent or other amounts to the PHA or to another PHA in connection with Section 8 or public housing assistance under the 1937 Act.

    [63 FR 23860, Apr. 30, 1998; 63 FR 31625, June 10, 1998]

    Hope that helps you…

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  30. May 14, 2008 at 9:48 am, Guest said:

    i am 57 and disabled.my doctors have advised me to move south. ilived in lake count,fl. for 15 yrs before i got stupid and moved to ohio. i have loked at e- bay and the leesburg paper. mobile homes r very resonable but most lot rents r terrible. i know nothing about subsidized housing. how does 1 go about finding out information for the disabled in fl? i need just 1 bedrm. must have a pool for fibromyalga and all the screws in neck and back.pets? thax to anyone who might be able to help . e-mail; lindalogic24@aol.com

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  31. May 19, 2008 at 4:18 pm, Guest said:

    Hello i am a mother of a four year old son and pregmant with my secounda a baby girl im having a problem with the childrens father and am willing to work out a solution with with anyone who is willing to try to find a house to live in and keep up with the mortgage and billls that will need to be paid. I just want to be able to finish school and get a gegree and be able to gat on my feet and live a steady life with my children.

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  32. June 03, 2008 at 2:46 pm, Guest said:

    I am a 24 year old mother with two children ( 6 & 18 months) and one on the way. My fiance lost his job due to going to jail on a misdemeanor charge and has been driving a cab for work for the last 12 or so days since he got out. We have no money and are about to be evicted. we have no one in our families able to help us and Social Services denied us becuse of the circumstances. Please help. All money would be returned . We are willing to sign legally binding contracts. anything at this point would be a blessing. My email address is cmarie1234@yahoo.com. God bless those who can help and those who can just pray for us. Sincerely, Chelsea Barrow & family

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  33. June 07, 2008 at 10:13 am, Guest said:

    im a mother of 4 recently left an abusive spouse i work but my income isnt enough to afford and apartment…who can i get help to assist me until child support is established?

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  34. June 17, 2008 at 7:01 am, Guest said:

    IM A SINGLE SEMI DIASABLE WOMAN WITH IMACULATE REFS ON PUBLIC ASST I HAVE TO MOVE OUT BY AUG OR ELSE I BE IN STREETS i want that neverrr to happen THEE LANDLORDS AGENTS JUDGEME OH WE DO NOT TAKE WELFARE N THATS UNCARING N UNFAIR TIME IS NEAR AND IM BEING REJECTED BY EBNTIRE LANLORD COMMALL CAUSE I HAVE WELFARE SO UNFAIR TO BE JUDGED

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  35. June 17, 2008 at 7:03 am, Guest said:

    NO1 WANTS TO RENT ME CAUSE IM ON WELFARE WERE WILL I GO WHEN I HAV TO MOVE AUG ITS UPSETTING THAT IM BEING JUDGED

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  36. June 24, 2008 at 1:59 pm, Guest said:

    hi um im a seveteen year old senior in high school…my living conditions are pretty much unsanitary and bug infested…if I’m emancipated can i be eligeable for rent assistance…i have a stady job and only four classes to attend i’m always sick physically sick from living in my parents home and need to get away are there any other possiblities?

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  37. July 21, 2008 at 9:28 pm, Guest said:

    For those of you who hold a certain stereotype of Section 8 recipients, check your assumptions carefully. I currently hold a Section 8 voucher. I am a law-abiding single white female, 33 years old, no children, work full time, college educated, and have recently returned to school to become a Registered Nurse. My intention was to use the voucher during the next year while I completed nursing school and took a job that would allow me more time to study.

    Three months ago, I was granted a Section 8 voucher which I am eligible to use in any town within my current state of residence. Since my current apartment met the Fair Rent guidelines, and I have lived in it for nearly 5 years, I notified my landlord that I had been approved for the program. He initially told me that he did not accept Section 8. When I requested his assistance and explained what the program was, he agreed to complete the necessary paperwork. However, he has neglected to return the paperwork to me. In the meantime I have contacted the Fair Housing Commission in my state and they have contacted him. The response they got was that he would not renew my lease. As a result, I am filing a complaint of housing discrimination.

    The Section 8 program has many rules and regulations both for the tenant and the landlord. Apartments are inspected every year and they must meet certain standards for the subsidy payments to be made. If tenants do not follow the rules, they are removed from the program.

    I currently work as a psychiatric caseworker and have assisted clients with getting and retaining a Section 8 voucher. These are people who are psychiatrically disabled, may have criminal records, poor credit, racial minority status, and do not work. However, they were treated better when it came to renting an apartment. I never had to worry about housing discrimination until it became an issue for me.

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  38. August 25, 2008 at 5:27 pm, Guest said:

    get a job maybe and get yourself off being dependant on people

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  39. September 08, 2008 at 10:16 pm, Guest said:

    I am a 21 year old women.
    I am 21 year old women that just recently got kick out of my house due to a pass relationship now i am stuck jumpy from house to house in other stranger house. Had a really good job but had to quite to go back to school. now i have a job but it does not pay well for me to find a studio or anything so i can live on my own. all i am asking what do i have to do to get help.

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  40. September 11, 2008 at 8:04 am, Guest said:

    I am seventeen and my mom just lost her apartment.
    I have been homeless for two years and i am really dreading the winter some one help so i dont have to do this anymore.

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  41. September 12, 2008 at 1:34 pm, Guest said:

    i am a nineteen year old and nobody wants rent to me because im on welfare and im a mother of two so i really understand what your going through. its hard it is but in the long run life will turn out better god has many good things in mind

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  42. October 01, 2008 at 6:38 pm, Guest said:

    Hi im 23 years old and i am on Public Assistants(welfare). I am house hopping with my 5 yr old daughter. I can’t get a job without perminnit housing. Also no land lord excepts public assistants because they are afriad of not recieving there rent. At the monet right i am looking for work in Home attendent service. if anyone can help with me finding and apartment for me and my daughter please email me @ tiffanygantt93@yahoo.com. I check my email everyday at the clossets Workforce site. Thank You and god bless..

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  43. October 02, 2008 at 11:57 pm, Guest said:

    PLEASE HELP, I AM A 23 YEAR OLD MOTHER OF TWO, A 4 YR OLD AND A 2 MONTH OLD, EVERYTHING WAS OK UNTIL 4 MONTHS AGO, MY HUSBAND AND I GOT LAID OFF WHILE I WAS SIX MONTHS PREGNANT WITH MY SECOND BABY, DUE TO THAT WE GOT EVICTED FROM OUR APPARTMENT WHILE I WAS PREGNANT, DUE TO THAT I HAD A PREMATURE DELIVERY AT 8 MONTHS, MY BABY IS NOW 2 MONTHS AND WE DONT HAVE A HOUSE,THINGS ARE SO BAD MONEY WISE THAT WE DON’T EVEN HAVE A CRIB FOR THE BABY, PLEASE HELP WE NEED A HOUSE, MY E-MAIL IS rosarioan16@yahoo.com

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  44. October 13, 2008 at 11:13 pm, Guest said:

    Federal Regulations state that a landlord is not obligated to take Section 8 voucers. Many landlords do not wish to enter into a contract with a government run program and they are within their right not to accept them.

    In my town, many landlords will not accept them because they want more money than HUD will allow for the bedroom size. That is not discrimation.

    The CFR (Code of Federal Regulations) will answer any and all questions about HUD regulations. It is pretty dry reading, but you can also call the Housing Authority in your area and they can give you the answer.

    For the record, I was a single mom back in the 80’s and had to go on welfare and housing at 21 becaues of a divorce. I just retired after 14 years working at our local Authority. (Lots of time in between.)

    I would like to add though, a little advice I used to give people when approaching a landlord. First let them get to know you and talk a bit before you mention you have a voucher. If they say they aren’t sure they want to accept it, tell them that the part the housing authority provides is guaranteed every month and that people with assistance sometimes make better tenants because they have too much to lose.

    Of course the later isn’t always true, but hopefully it will be in most cases.

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  45. October 22, 2008 at 9:58 am, Guest said:

    Your landlord should not be held hostage by you and the government who is paying your housing bill to keep his property in the condition required to participate in Section 8 housing. If you want to live basically for free while you take care of your own personal needs and goals, why would you insist that your landlord let his rights go? There are willing participants in the program, it should be your business to go about finding them and move if you must to live with your choice.

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  46. October 23, 2008 at 12:03 pm, Guest said:

    Listen it’s October 23, 2008 and we are all in trouble. I worked all my life for 40+ years and have education and the like. I lost my 401K and didn’t know it until 2006. I’ve been working temp jobs for about 15 years and suddently there’s no jobs unless you drive for an hour to get to work with less pay. Now I’m unemployed living in a NJHA/Property owned housing complex in Newark, NJ and have to income what so ever to keep my place. I’ve never lived in a shelter at all and don’t attend to, but I need a job and housing assistance. And everybody is really making it very hard for people who worked all their lives and can’t get help at all.

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  47. November 23, 2008 at 8:38 pm, Guest said:

    im 57 live on disability and have good rental hisory but cant get in a apartmen because my credit is so bad but ive always paid my rent on time please help

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  48. December 03, 2008 at 1:00 pm, Guest said:

    Can you recive public housing even if your credit is not so good?

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  49. December 03, 2008 at 6:40 pm, Guest said:

    If you haven’t already, I would strongly suggest a family shelter of some kind. Most times they have programs that can help you. Unfortunately, some of them are very short term and many of them have waiting list, or you have to be employed. I too have been homeless before so I know whst you are going through. I wish you and your family the best of luck. God Bless!

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  50. January 21, 2009 at 1:17 pm, Guest said:

    HELLO IM IN THE SAME SITUATION I NEED HELP TOO AND WILLING TO HELP SOMEONE AND MYSELF SO WHEN U GET A CHANCE JUST LEMME KNOW THANK U.

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  51. April 26, 2009 at 5:32 pm, tbrockhouse said:

    need help, desperate. I have lived in my home for almost 6 years, and it has been purchased by a real estate developer. Can’t find previous owner or who I thought was owner. I have some medical issues and just got back from helping family member with greater health issues than myself. I have been summoned to court in three days and I am having trouble getting my stuff moved, not to mention the lack of funds to get moved, or a place to move to, within my ability to afford. I am running out of time and don’t want to lose everything I have worked so hard for. I also lost my job a couple of months ago and it seems like everything is falling down around me. My daughter lives with me and trying to help, but we fear the out come and don’t know how we can keep it together. It is us and our two little dogs. Can anyone help or offer suggestions.

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  52. May 19, 2009 at 5:34 pm, Yonlanda said:

    I am a section-8 tenant but if you see me on the regular you would not know. I live in a four bedroom house in a very nice community. I respect other as they would respect me. I do not drink or smoke. When I look for my homes I look for the top of the line. I never been mistreated by people because I do not put my business out there. I have been mistreated by one landlord. Sterotyping people is ignorant and I guaratee if you come in my home it looks better than some of you whom are against sectio 8 tenant.

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  53. May 26, 2009 at 12:54 pm, judy taylor said:

    i live in keller court apartment in tuscumbia alabama the manager name is kelly miller this place is hell she treat the old people wrong young and the people with disabilitys also tell the maintance to treat people wrong she think she own this place she just earn a check. ever time hud comes she alway in there face like every thing is so wonderful and that she care so much about the residents we all wish the head man at interstate realty management would fire kelly miller joann mcdougal joann is a servise coordinator she does not help all the disability people they have there own pick who they treat right .and the maintance ron and marshall all interstate realty management need is a box where people pick up the application and for the people to put the application in another box and then a person will get in contact with the person for appointment.and then if we need maintnace we would have a number to call 24 hour on cal lwe have 2 maintance man and all they do is stand a round and then it take one man 9 day to fix a stove eye . and it take to maintence man to change a refrigater bulb 7 days . they dont even cut the grass they have private contracters to do that . it is sad that when you are low income that the manager would tread you like this but they no we dont have the money to move and go anywere else because if we did we wouldn’t be taking stuff like this i will tell anyone please don’t come here it’s not what you think it is.all they are doing is taking the owner money and not doing nothing.

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  54. September 03, 2009 at 10:21 am, guest said:

    Hi im a mother of 5 two youngest which are twins 23 month olds girl n a boy the girl has disability and my hb just got fires from his job and we don’t have any money the rent where we are is too expensive and we can’t never catch up with our bills im been kicked off by the owner bc we owe rent and have nowhere to go with my family …I need some sort of help either with section 8 or anything that we can actually afford…I don’t work bc I have to take care of my 4yr old daughter and the twins and daycare is really expensive where I live…I would only work to pay daycare …if any1 have some advice or help please contact me im in desperate need of HELP! I don’t know what to do I don’t want to be homeless with my kids…I receive ssi for my baby but its not enough…thanx

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  55. September 10, 2009 at 9:36 am, Anonymous said:

    I have read every single one of these posts. The ONLY people I feel for are those who got hurt and can no longer hold their own. I’ve worked for 40 yrs and can hardly pay my rent and gets harrassed by the landlord while all the section 8’s and so called disability’s smoke their weed, do their crack, drink their high end beer, send their laundry out to get cleaned. They SIT ALL DAY while us who are out there working are literally paying their way. Tired of seeing these young people cry that they are 19 or 23 and have three or four kids, not working and asking for a handout. You should have been working instead of being in bed. Don’t even come back at me and give me excuses if you haven’t been hurt which prevents you from working. There is NO excuse why the honest working people need to pay your way. I’m so sick of your whining it’s not even funny and I’m sure EVERYONE who gets up EVERYDAY and goes to jobs they HATE agrees with me. I’d like to know where they went to get the education to work the system so well. The hard working people are the minority, forget about race, religion, etc. Stop your whining and get a job. Stop sleeping around and bringing children into this world where they have to watch their parents bleed off of others. Get a JOB I’m sick of paying your way.

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  56. November 03, 2009 at 10:54 pm, MotheroftheUniverseofLove said:

    LOL @ The last post, you don’t know what you saying all the way although I agree a little.
    Also, some of the posters keep bringing up “Immigrants/Black/Minorities”. Well excuse me!
    If any person born in this world is first a Human Being, secondly whatever country your born in is what you really are an American. So stop with the name caling. Ok, these sites will help most of you on here, ready write this down:
    indeed.com..to get jobs, posting of all JOBS on the Net
    Ihatemyjob.com ….don’t laugh this guy has a lot of good links to go to help you find housing and jobs.
    hud.gov
    nationalhousingassistanceprogram.com …I think that is the site put it in yahoo or google for a full search.

    For some of you if all else fails, try to take most of what monies you have and try to move where the jobs are growing on the East Coast, or Mid-West.
    Ladies with children go get WIC, Singles are the hardest to get help ( I should Know) but there is help out there. Also try the “Transitional Programs”.

    Good Luck to you all…

    Unemployment and Homeless can happen to anyone and mean anyone.

    PHD
    MA
    BA
    Social Studies
    250K year
    Lost it all to the Recession
    Unemployed and Homeless
    now recovering and starting over penniless
    but I have Faith…you should too!

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  57. February 18, 2010 at 3:43 am, shelley said:

    i am recently unemployed single mothe i live in public housing and i cant understand something i went in today to have my rent adjusted due to the fact i have zero income assuming my rent would be near zero but they informed me that my bills are considered my income how can this be dont they realize i cant even pay those bills so how can bills be income the more bills you have on zero income the more rent you pay if i could find a part time job at least my rent would be less than if i have zero income i dont understand this help i dont know what im going to do

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  58. March 10, 2010 at 12:01 am, Get a job said:

    Get a damn job!

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  59. March 15, 2010 at 7:59 pm, thaionna said:

    I am an 69 year old retiree and living on a fixed income. i recently decieded to apply for a voucher program(section 8) and my landlord increase my rent twice of what I am making. Is there any legal advice out there that will help me over turn the over charges?

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  60. June 04, 2010 at 4:14 am, jc said:

    i think i am paying way too much rent for housing. I have a very small studio apartment located in the middle of drug alley. crime rate is thru the roof. my rent is 730.00, i pay a third of that, but for this area and considering the size of my place, i gotta no if im overcharged. help

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  61. June 14, 2010 at 10:47 am, Melissa said:

    Hello my name is Melissa and I am a mother of 2 (ages 1 & 5). i am currently in an emotionally and sometimes physically abusive relationship with the father of my youngest child. He refuses to let me work and takes the keys of his van with him so that i am not able to go ANYWHERE! He is a controlling alcoholic, gambler who is losing the house he is buying. He Wont let me even call my own mother and i assume that is because of what he is doing and how he is treating me. he told me that if I ever leave him and take our son that he will kill me and flee the country with our baby. I am so scared and i do not know what to do. I am secretly sending this cry out for help on the laptop that my sons father doesnt know i have. it was a gift from my brother so that i could try to stay in touch with him. i desperately need help escaping this relationship, but i am a stay at home mom BY FORCE, so i have no income, my credit is bad so even if i were able to get away from this abusive man and get a job all the apartments around here are based on good credit. my family, brother included, are in a different state and virginia law states if 2 people have a child in common custodial parent cannot move out of state without the non-custodial parents blessing. Someone one please, help. I am not asking for a hand out or any such thing, I just need advice and guidance, maybe a site adress for abused women or one that helps those in need so that they can get on their feet. I have not applied for hud because i have no income and i assume that you have to be earning some type of income and social services wont help because they have to include his income an they dont care about the abuse. I just need some guidance. I AM A HARD WORKER AND I AM BI-Lingual if that helps at all. I WOULD DO JUST ABOUT ANYTHING TO GET MY CHILDREN AND MYSELF OUT OF THIS HORRIBLE SITUATION!!

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  62. June 14, 2010 at 10:54 am, Melissa said:

    My e-mail address is the only contact info i have. It’s: earth_witch80@yahoo.com
    please no negative comments Because you don’t know me and it negativety helps no one. I myself respect all of you who have been brave enough to post ur problems and dilemmas on this site. bless you all.

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  63. June 20, 2010 at 7:51 pm, Roxanne said:

    hello i have a important question
    i want 2 take my voucher and move to richmond , va
    i live in fredericksburg ,va

    more jobs are opening in richmond in my field of study as we speck ( special need kids)
    can i move with my voucher if i am looking for a better job and more higher goals and income for my self ?

    when i move do i have 2 have a job right away ?can i just move and ask for a 6 months notice to let me get on my feet until i find employment?

    or can i just move my voucher to another city whick is 1 hour away and commute back to my current job?
    i have car pool and train service line up just in case ,,,good 2 be prepared.
    does it depend on how much i have to pay in expenses? my expenses is 467 a month thats it!
    i have saved some cash to make it until i find work for 6 months or so

    Roxanne

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  64. September 04, 2010 at 7:06 pm, pat brooks said:

    i live in perrysburg ohio 43551i believe there are bed bugs in my apartment who do i complain tp.i live under hud low income housing.a reply would be deeply appreciated.thank you.als, doo i have to pay for exterminator,or does hud.

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  65. September 08, 2010 at 1:00 pm, net soumpholphakdy said:

    hi my name is net i am 29 years old mother of two girls there age are 2 and 13 years of age i need help finding aplace for me and my childern i did apply for public housing but i got no where to go just staying place to place

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  66. March 10, 2011 at 6:01 pm, mary henry said:

    I looked at an apartment for senor citizens and liked it and paid 17.00 for what the manager said was a check to see if i had been evicted from an fha house or an apartment. There were four open apartments and an ad had been ran. After i paid the 17.00 to run the check i haven’t heard a work from her since, she called my references and went to detailing my history something that happened 23 years ago showed up and she was trying to be nosiy and find out all the details and these people did not know until she told them, not only is she in violation of the privacy act, but she is discrematory, i am white, but you want see one black face there, no she has been getting away with this for 30 years and is 80 years old, and on the application it ask if you have been convicted of a felony and i said no and she is unaware i guess that is deflamation of charcter, and mind you these are people that i know that she called up, so yes people still do what they want to and get away with it, mind you she receives a check from the government every month for all these tenants which she don’t mind depositing.

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  67. March 13, 2011 at 10:13 am, Cathy said:

    I didn’t see a sucess story, did anyone get an apt

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  68. July 18, 2011 at 6:14 pm, Charlotte Caswell said:

    I had my hopes up on your website, and then I get to the last page and you ask me, a broke person, with a disability for money. SHAME SHAME. But thus is are government helping the less fortunated.

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  69. August 27, 2011 at 2:00 am, FED UP said:

    It’s sad to see so many young and single mothers on this website. Our country has a high level of teen pregnancies which automatically equals a huge dependency on government resources or the likelihood that children will wind up in an economically unsound home. This is why our country needs sex education, and our culture needs to teach children to think about their futures. Some advice, if you are struggling to support yourself and your one kid, USE A CONDOM. A second one ain’t going to make it any easier.

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  72. October 13, 2011 at 11:42 am, tracey johnson said:

    iam on the list for low income apt i need it as soon as possible help me peop[e

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  73. December 09, 2011 at 11:22 am, bettydankins said:

    After not receiving a Cost-of-Living increase, Social Security, will be issuing it’s ricipients an increase in Jan 2012. The housing division i rent from is like hound dog’s waiting to get that award letter from me so the can determine how much, if not all of it, will they be putting into their hands. Based on income, i admit, my rent is less than most, but, i also have hugh amount of medical and doctor bills i must take care of.

    My compalint, can they take part or all of my increase from Social Security and is there anything that can be done? I really feel that this is unfair. They want my increase, soas, they can put it into their pockets’s. You see, i have to live tool. THEY DO MAKE MORE,MUCH MORE MONEY, THAN I.

    CAN YOU HELP ME, PLEASE.

    Thank you,

    Betty Darden

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  74. June 08, 2012 at 6:11 pm, dottie said:

    i do feel for all of you. vote for the right man for president this year and i believe you will be better off VOTE FOR ROMMY. he has done a great job in his state give him a chance to help us all in 2013.

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  75. June 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm, Anonymous said:

    I am 23 with 2 kids and i am not on welfare however i am going to be moving out of the state i am in because its no good well the town and i am going to be semi forced to go on section 8 for a little while til i can get on my feet and my fiance can come down with us and get a job as well. Right now i have a nice house 2 cars and im not rich but im making it. So for people to say that people who are on welfare are indigent then there wrong some people need the help compared to others that are just lazy and want to live off the system.

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  76. June 28, 2012 at 11:17 pm, Sarah said:

    I live in public housing and i was recently told by my manager one day that my lease wasn’t being renewed and I had till 3 pm to get out of my apartment or I was being evicted. Then she told the judge that I didn’t reture my keys and I was still living in the apartment illegally after she told me to stay a month. THen after that she went to the magistrate and filed an eviction after I gave my 30 days of intent to vacate 7 months ago which she did not validate so it was like I was held against my will in my apartment until she could evict me. She seems to be a a very retaliating apartment manager. I would like to sue them but I have a limited amount of resources and money. I really don’t know where I could get an attorney who would be willing to sue my local PHA. I also think I am being discriminated against. Can somebody help me?

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  77. July 15, 2012 at 12:10 pm, single homeless mother in ma said:

    After carefully reading through alot of the comment I think it is a shame that people get on here and actually try to tear some of these people down. It’s bad enough that that there spirit is already broken for being in the situation that they are in, but then to add fuel to the fire they put themselves out there asking for help (which by the way is not always the easiest thing to do) and they get so much negative feedback. Some situations are not easily avoidable. I have always believe that at any giving time we can always be one step away from a bad situation. I was living in a very nice apartment complex paying full market rent and when my job closed I lost everything. It was no fault of my own and i tried my best to do the best I could. I am the single parent of 3 children and it just got to the point where i could not swing it anymore. I went looking for help and I am currently in a motel that they use for a shelter. The conditions are horrible and nobody really tells you anything they just stick you there. I’m not a complainer because I am grateful to have somewhere for me and my three kids to sleep. So I suppose my question would be is there anyone that has anything positive to say on how to get an apt when you have bad credit and one eviction against you. I’m not looking for free just looking for a second chance.

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  78. July 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm, CB said:

    If you can’t get on Section 8 you can look for a list of subsidized apartments in your state. You can even be on welfare and get in. But often they only take applications at certain times of year or you get on a waiting list. But sometimes it’s only a few months before you get in. These apartments complexes get help from the government. It is often quicker to get into these than to wait for a Section 8 application to go through which can take years. Another idea is to find someone in your same situation and after you both find jobs share your money and get a regular priced apartment based on both your incomes. Sometimes the income a single parent can make is not enough to get into a regular apartment. It’s just not fair that housing is so expensive and a good income is so hard to get, but that’s how it is. I hope this helps someone out there.

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  79. July 20, 2012 at 12:44 pm, CB said:

    One other word of help: if you remain homeless you cannot find help. But if you are willing to go to a women’s shelter, you become eligible in some states for emergency Section 8. They put you at the top of the list and help you temporarily, maybe for a few years. During that time, you can try to get on a waiting list for a subsidized apartment in which you can stay permanently, or apply for regular non-emergency Section 8 which can take a few years to get, but this time it would be permanent. Emergency Section 8 help lasts only a few years I believe. Just check it out.

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  80. July 25, 2012 at 5:16 pm, Me said:

    Everyone keep your head up! And i mean you reading this! YOU And please stay strong! I care!! try your best! and at the end of day try 2 feel good about giving it your best shot at whatever you tried. give thanks. be thankful u had a chance and another day to try to make it work. and may have had a bite to eat and you are alive in the sun. And when the night comes try your best when the sun comes back around and don’t settle for less! Go ask questions! The power is inside you! Don’t let NO ONE put out that light inside of you! Keep your eyes open! I know you are trying hard. The creator thinks you are perfect! I care and may the creator bless you in your journey of what’s best for you and your family!

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  81. July 30, 2012 at 12:33 am, Thank you said:

    Dear Me,
    Thank you and God bless you. Your words of encouragement were exactly what I needed to hear. After reading some of the older replies I was starting to doubt if I was headed in the right direction for my two year old son and my unborn child (due Aug 11th) My mother passed away when I was in high school and its been a long journey since, but your words were as if she sent the message herself. It brought tears to my eyes. God bless you, you are such a kind soul.
    Xoxox-Ashley

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  82. August 29, 2012 at 9:33 pm, disabled said:

    As long as I have been on Section 8 I have not experienced any problem until now. Kids are grown I am disabled I have Multiple Sclerosis. Time for me to sign a new lease. Well I just happen to ride pass this new complex. Its handicap accessible I need that has walk in shower,oven and sink is low enough for me to get my hoveround under it so I can cook which I have not really been doing. The pool is also handicap accessible ,also has a treadmill and bicycle’s a little work out room just what I need so I can loosen up my joints. Ok the problem comes in when my caseworker says the doctor has to say its medically necessary has to have those two words. My doctor fax the statement to her. She tells me it wont work cause he spoke of a live in aid or attendant. Now I get the letter he sends to her and the letter is in grave detail about my disability. Then he goes on too say that he supports my request to obtain a two bedroom handicap accessible apartment that allows an attendant to move in to assist me in my daily activity. The problem is He did not state it is medically necessary. Do you feel she might just be discriminating against me? What can I do who can I call. That’s the type of living arrange I need…

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  83. September 28, 2012 at 8:34 pm, sara said:

    I am a single mother of a 17 year old and almost 8 months pregnant with my second child. I am 38, I thought the father was going to be there with me and help me. Currently I am staying with him and my daughter was staying with her deadbeat dad for the first time since she was 6. He kept her for 1 month in May and sent her to my parents. He hides so I don’t know where to get him for child support. The father of the baby i’m carrying is mentally and physically abusive to me. He cheats and has a couple of woman that take care of him. I stay here rent free but for exchange of him doing what he does, i basically have to put up with it or he tells me to leave then. Point is I live in Loudoun County Virginia. I was a nanny, I just stopped working a month ago. I’m looking for a job, have a couple of interviews i’m going to. I need to find a place to go urgently, my daughter will be 18 in December and will go to college soon…I will take a room anything in this area or Fairfax County Virginia. I am due December 6th 2012, If any one can please help me, i would really and greatly appreciate it. Any help, if it’s putting me in contact with a church or anything of that sort. I want to get out of my situation, immediately. I don’t want to live like this, I wasn’t brought up to be treated this way. I have considered adoption, NOT what i want to do, but I can sleep in my car, with a child is not possible, my 17 year old will go with my parents until she graduates in a few months if it comes down to that. If there is anyone out there that can help me… in anyway. Please e-mail me at dream4char94@yahoo.com… thank you. God bless you…….

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  84. December 31, 2012 at 9:54 pm, Linda camberdella said:

    Hi my Linda I have to teenage girls and I’m married we just lost our only son age 18 years old shot and Killed by a depaty for no reason it was right in front of my face where I live . Well my land lord just sold the house and we have till jan 10 and we can’t Find a place to live because we don’t have much money and we don’t have any more time because the house was sold if can help us or know where we can get help ASAP

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  85. February 21, 2013 at 10:59 am, shakia garrett said:

    im signing up because i need help.im living in a bad situation home to home i cant do it nomore im tired of sleeping on people couches or floors.please contact me asap please i really hope you can help me some type of way

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  86. April 22, 2013 at 3:52 pm, Tiffany Atterberry said:

    I am getting evicted from my Apartments at the end of this month or possibly sometime by this week & right now I have No place to go to once I move out then I’m not sure where I will go 2 ? So, I just wish that somebody or someone would be able 2 help me out A.S.A.P. with a place 2 stay somewhere so I won’t be out on the streets ! And because I will no longer be able 2 stay living at my apartments when I do move out by this week to the weekend or by the beginning of next week ! So, once again , if u would just please help me out A.S.A.P that would really help me out alot to find somewhere to go! Thank you very much for your time & patience ! Thank you !

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  87. April 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm, Linda said:

    I am a Section 8 approved complex. First of all please be informed your landlord has the right and the responsibility to perform background and credit checks on every tenant who applies. When you sign an authorization to release information the landlord can check everything from the color of underwear you have to how much you have in your bank account. It is not limited to any years prior… That is the landlords choice as to how far back he can look. Just because you have a Section 8 Voucher in hand does not mean you will meet the qualifications for that complex.
    With that said I fully understand there are thousands of people out there that need help. But you also need to understand what a landlord has to deal with. We have people selling drugs in our parking lots, drinking and partying all day long because they get every benefit that is out there, so there is no need for them to work…everything is handed to them freely: That is problem number 1 Problem number 2 is women having children one after another when they can not afford the ones that already have. Problem number 3 People selling their government supplied medication on the streets (excuse me but my taxes paid for that for the patient, Not every druggie in town) Problem number 4 people selling their food stamps on the streets for .50 on the dollar (if you don’t need those then why am I paying for them?)Problem number 5 Plain and simple Fraud (believe me it is widespread) people working under the table not turning in household incomes: How do we know this? It is simple: you say you have no income then please explain how you drive a brand new car or have that flat screen TV why do you have an Obama Free Phone if you can afford cable; seriously? You can’t pay rent but you can go every week and have your hair and nails done? No income? Really? Then you must be selling drugs or your body.. and BTW even illegal income is still income. And I know you are sitting there reading this thinking Why don’t you turn them in for fraud? The government says we need one word “Proof” Having new cars and spending money that you aren’t suppose to have isn’t proof enough.. we need written proof… okay explain how one would get something like that from a person doing something illegal? We just have to sit back and wait for them to get caught but the problem is for everyone that is caught 3 more takes their place.
    These are the kinds of people that give your Section 8 vouchers a bad name… and why a landlord is so picky about who they let into their complexes.
    Believe me I know there are people who need the government services I have several on my complexes who are in dire need themselves but they can not get the help they need for the bloodsuckers on the system that have made a temporary program a way of life. Section 8/Food Stamps/ child care assistance/heating & cooling assistance was all put into place to help people get back on their feet Not to become a life source. We the complex owners/landlords/managers do not decide who gets a Section 8 voucher we do decide who we have to accept into our community. We do not like it any more than you do but our hands are tied!!!
    Good Luck to each of you with Obama’s sequester breathing down our necks it looks like it is going to be a long year for everyone.

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  88. June 02, 2013 at 5:41 pm, KayKay said:

    HELP I’m 42yrs. Old & a Muslim mother of 4 children and I was recently married 3months ago and my newly found husband stole my money and ran off … The money I had saved to move into a new home for me and my children… & my family won’t help me at all I’m a loner and always has been I’ve been on section 8’s waiting list for 7 years and still waiting!! I’m so hurt & ashamed of my actions not being able to provide a roof to put over my children’s head that I cry each & every night !! My so called husband abandoned me and took all the money I had only Allah knows of his actions and he will be punished for his wrong doing ! I have a problem with finding a place for us to live because of an eviction I have on my record and it was a wrongful eviction … I ask you people out there who reads this PLEASE PRAY FOR ME & MY CHILDREN !! If you have any insight that might help me please email me … qayyah@ymail.com … I’m exhausted and tired

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  89. August 06, 2013 at 8:22 am, Anonymous said:

    I am a single male Jay lost my job and am about top be evicted I fear I will be homeless cause welfare will not help me in NY they say I make to much for rental help and oh I have bad credit to

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  90. September 12, 2013 at 6:23 pm, jessica said:

    @Me Thank you for the wonderful words of encouragement. I know you wrote them a long time ago but they felt good reading them today. It was nice to know someone cares because sometimes it seems that no one does. I am thankful for each new day and I look at it as an opportunity to try and do better. Thanks again for the encouragement. Your words matter to me.

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  91. October 09, 2013 at 8:11 pm, Gin said:

    I am disabled in NJ.I’ve lived at the same subsidized complex for 21 years.My sister,who drives me everywhere (I can’t afford a car),is retiring & would like to move to another state.If I decide to go,is my section 8 transferable?

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  92. December 19, 2013 at 5:10 am, Anonymous said:

    i was seeing about housing but after reading everthing from complaint to complaint to judgement to judgement to understand and if that person needs it to sooo many people homeless or living family/friends. number one i pray for the homeless and my prayer is to not let your circumstances dictate your life rise above and know everthing will work out just hope believe pray and work toward bettering what your going through it wnt happen over night just know a change is going to come. now for those on welfare or living on housing take advantage of it temporarily in the mean time go to school find a good job if u cant drive learn how get a license work on budgeting what u do have and save even if its a small amount here and there a car a roof over your head and food main necessities. once u have made improvements move on to better like being a home owner or paying off your car etc. etc. setting up your kids to have better want better live better. i feel housing and welfare should be a temporary fix and u move on let somebody else take advantage and the cycle goes on. im in a siguation where i got laid off from being at a company 15 years these jobs are not promised i lost everything i just had a baby my only child as of now and been house to house for the pass year on unemployment yet im enrolled in a trade school my child gets medicaid im saving i paid off my car and i can say im blessed beyond what it look like seem like living place to place and not making my siguation a case or political or even judgemental for that reason. im taking my loss and winning. im human yes i was hurt i was sad i was depressed i was mad i looked at my baby and told her mommy was sorry but i had to stand tall and fight hard if i wanted change for her because it was no longer about me any more. it dnt matter about where u from how u were raised what all u got how u look rather if u have disabilities it dnt matter if your democratic or republican it dnt matter how educated u is or if u dont know 2 plus 2 it dont matter if u have 10 kids verses somebody having 1 we all struggle and if u have never struggled u convincing yourself otherwise. we all have had losses … we have all had to do what we got to do at some pt of another but that dosent define who u is. i refuse to be on housing and on food stamps yet i admitt i do need help i have medicaid and i have it temporarily. now if u feel u have to have those things in order to make it by any means take full advantage of it once u have work your way out of the system for the sake of your kids teach them about how not to make the same mistakes u did let them know how important education is let them see u doing better and know nothing in life is for free.its sooo much i want to say but dnt know how to sum it all into one without writting a book. now if u have disabilities, if u elderly, if u have mental issues u need help. if u laying up lieing to get by laying up to make mo babies working jobs u know to give many hours or pay much so you can rely on yo income tax at the beginning of the year lol u getting 600 dollars worth of food stamps every month yet u ready for the club friday u slept all week all day was up all night u pop pills smoke week go get yo 70 dollar hair weave done and yo baby 3 of your baby daddy’s came over its flat out wrong and what example u setting for your kids….some of this type of living comes from generational curses its the only way some ppl know how to live. dnt get me wrong its not just my ppl its all ppl all diverse all background nations and creed. im being real not judgemental. some of us have to not be so down on ourselves and rise above. remember he said it aint going to be easy…. so y make so hard to the point where we give up and give in. u your own self u have yo own mine dnt fall for the set up. do what it takes and menuver out into a world thats yours, whatever your hearts desire. im looking toward heven my hopes and dreams my joy i have that i am grateful i will no longer worry nor stress nor complain i will pray pray pray my change is gonna come and my lil girl see that mommy is a strong woman and mommy is making improvements and not sitting on mistakes or dwelling on that job that laid me off. im not justifying how the world thinks im praying for the world the rich and the poor ….we need jesus !!!

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  93. February 20, 2014 at 3:26 pm, Linda said:

    I am a single woman aged 53. I haven’t worked in 15 years. No one will hire me. I am a HS grad, some college, and no income. I am tired of having to seek charity because no one cares. I have no small children or family. I am a hard worker and have very good skills, however I am over looked, ignored and rejected DAILY. I have had to deal with nasty landlords, even worse neighbors. All I want is what everyone else wants, a safe, clean place to live. I see people on the boards, not very bright people I might ad who constantly shout to people like me to get a job. Well I would but there are so many people like *you* out there who are keeping me from getting that jobs because you are dishonest liars. I refuse to take welfare. I just want to work and take care of myself. Why won’t you let me?

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  94. May 21, 2014 at 10:45 am, kels said:

    I am a 21 year old single mother of one. I have already been denied for section 8 last year due to ongoing credit issues, i have another application ready to turn in today but i feel like in combination with my old rental reference and bad credit i will be denied again. The old rental reference was unfulfilled lease requirements. My child’s dad was the primary lease holder and i was the secondary lease holder, he began to lay out of work on medical leave even when there was no medical issues. He did not want me to work so i was unemployed. HE began to fall behind on the bills forcing us to move into his grannies attic. We had to break our lease because he wanted to be a lazy sob and didnt want me working because of his fear that i would find another man…. also why he started laying out of work. Now I am held accountable for his craptastic actions and his actions are causing our daughter and i to be forced to live with my dad in a 2 bedroom apt. The original apt me and my ex lived in was not section 8. I am still unemployed working with what virginia calls the view program to keep my tanf. Hoping to find a job soon, and in the near future return to college to complete my degree in early childhood development. Is there in loopholes or way to bypass bad rental references when i was unemployed at the time and he had fmla (medical leave of absence) even if he was misusing it. A lot of his immature crap as stated above is part of the reason he got dumped. I just really need some help and information on how to bypass the bad credit and bad rental reference. email me at kelsey.craiger@yahoo.com if you have any information or went through something similar and how you got the section 8 housing. I am trying so hard to better my life but they don’t exactly roll out the red carpet for single mothers with abusive/controlling exes. In fact they took my food stamps and wic bc i live with my father and am not 22? How ridiculous is that when i have been responsible for our food since i moved in with him… my daughter is a year old… i mean seriously what am i suppose to do without section 8? If i get section 8 ill get my food stamps and wic back and can take care of my daughter with much thanks to all the bright stars here that put there best foot forward in finding a good job or a job in general. Taxpayers need to remember that the few individuals using the system aren’t even relevant to people that are in dire need of the system. For every lazy dirtbag you’re funding you are also funding a single mother reaching out in every angle possible to get back on her feet and do better. you are helping disabled veterans care for their families and military families all over the place take care of their children while their husbands and wives are down range taking a chance at blowing their foot off just to serve this country and of course get a half decent pay check. Dont feel so discouraged about your tax money when you are helping people in serious need. Feel accomplished that you are doing something outstanding for those in need and the ones who get their nails done hair done new cars big screen tv’s well one day it will bite them in the a$$.

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