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Shocker: putting time limits on public housing tenants benefits, rather than harms them

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Locked in

Delaware gives tenants 5 years, with financial counseling and workfare requirements, and the tenants end up in a better place. Liberals claim that they and their polices are compassionate: judging from the results of that compassion, liberals are the cruelest branch of America.

More than 850 families have transitioned out of public housing in Delaware since the state began limiting the length of time residents are eligible to receive housing subsidies, and hundreds more have become homeowners.

“Before we started Moving to Work, we had people who were on their third or fourth generation of the same family who were at the same site,” Rebecca Kauffman, social service senior administrator at the Delaware Housing Authority’s Moving to Work program, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

The Delaware group is one of only 39 housing authorities out of more than 3,000 in the country that the federal government allows to have its own work requirements and residency time limits. The Moving to Work program was approved during the Clinton administration in 1996.

“It was tough at the beginning because there was no time limit,” Kauffman said. “People could come into public housing and stay forever.”

But the program has compiled an impressive record. More than 850 families have completed the program to enter assistance-free living, and 30 percent of program participants became homeowners when they left. Kauffman said she could probably count on one hand the number of people who ended the program facing possible homelessness.

“We think that at this point in time it is a very successful program and we are very proud of our program,” Kauffman said.

The contrast with the rest of the federal public housing program is vivid. The average resident currently receiving a Section 8 voucher in the U.S. has been doing so for nine years, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

In some places, the average stay is much longer. New York City residents on vouchers have received help for an average of 18 years. Nationwide, federal housing subsidies cost taxpayers more than $50 billion annually.

Having an expiration date on government-assisted housing motivates people to improve their financial situation, Kauffman said. The Delaware Moving to Work program requires all adults to work, and to work an increasing number of hours per week during their five year tenure — at least 30 hours a week towards the end of the program. Two of three participating adults work more than 30 hours a week.

Participants also have to meet quarterly with a case manager to plan their path to financial independence, and build savings goals. All school-age children in each home have to meet attendance requirements, and once a child turns 18, he has to either continue his education or meet the work requirements to remain in the subsidized housing.

Households with three strikes for failing to meet any of those standards lose their housing subsidy, as about 2 percent of program participants have, Kauffman said. People who, at the end of five years, prove they are doing all they can and need an extension, can apply for a one-time, two-year extension through a hardship panel.

“The time has come to face the fact that assistance to low-income families has to be limited in length and fair in distribution,” a 2005 Public Housing Authorities Directors report concluded. “That can only happen by limits on the time families can receive housing assistance.”

But little has changed since the original 1996 public housing reform. Rep. John Carney, a Delaware Democrat, introduced a bill last summer to expand the number of Moving to Work housing authorities from 39 to 60, but the measure never reached the floor of the Republican-controlled House of Representatives.

Kauffman’s office receives a couple calls a month from other housing authorities hoping to try a similar program, but they worry about pushback from local poverty and housing groups and don’t have the authority to experiment with time limits.

A program works, the liberals oppose it. “We’ll keep ’em all beggars ’cause they’re easy to please.”

 

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I wonder if that ban extends to penicillin?

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Dining on cow patties in the Hindu Kush

Taliban doesn’t like McDonalds food; prefers cold mutton and rancid rice instead. I’m with the boys on the first part: I usually shun chain restaurants whose menus offer nothing that requires teeth to eat, but I found this part of the story interesting:

“We know it’s an American food company and our religious scholars have forbidden us from consuming any Western food and beverages,” he said, adding that he will visit the Quetta outlet with pals — but won’t touch the food.

I’m unaware of any of the life saving drugs currently used on the battlefield being invented in Muslim land, so do Taliban fighters eschew such treatment and just smear goat dung on their wounds?

As an aside, many Pakistani dishes prominently feature tomatoes and tomato sauce, probably to mask the taste of that same goat, but the tomato, too comes from the west. What’s a poor martyr to do?

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Microsoft and the kleptocracy

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Bribable? That’s not a bug, it’s a feature!

Microsoft will not be donating cash to the Republicans’ convention because it dislikes Donald Trump. 

It’s certainly understandable that a technology giant whose profits depend on a steady stream of cheap third-world tech visa employees would oppose a politician who wants to cut that source off.

Score another one for Trump – he’s scaring “big business”far more than Hillary, who has loudly demonstrated that she can be bought.

UPDATE: Balzac claims that large corporations are now joining Rino Republicans and teachers unions in opposing Trump, and says that this will spur “a large majority of American voters [to] reject this fool.”

Well here’s an image from yesterday showing some of those “Americans” opposing Trump; I think that sights like this, as well as a general revulsion against America-lasters will spur a huge numbers of voters to come out next November, but they will not necessarily be the people Balzac and his crowd are counting on to maintain the status quo.

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Here’s a sweet deal

7 Stag Lane

7 Stag Lane

7 Stag Lane reports a contract, asking price, $1.795 million. I know the owner; in fact, I gave him a price opinion (high $1’s as an ending point) in 2013, and worked with brother Gid when it was listed then for $2.150. A renter appeared, and the owner went in that direction.

He paid $2.525 for this in 2006 and then put more money into renovations. A smart guy (hey, he’s a reader), he acknowledged a bad trade, and was willing to accept the loss, which, as this contract shows, he has.

But for the buyer, this is an excellent buy, I think. The house is perfectly livable; far more than that, actually, but the lot is 4.6 acres, allowing plenty of room to build new, farther back, while staying put in the existing place (assuming living in a construction site is your cup of tea). Yes, the Merritt is across the road, but from here, its noise is buffered by trees and such, and I never heard it at a discomforting level.

Beautiful land, very decent house, all at a rock bottom price. Nice buy.

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And in Riverside …

8 Seagate

8 Seagate Road, $9,250,000

8 Seagate Road (for some reason, this link still works, as of this writing) has sold for $9.250 million. That’s not the $14 million original price, a figure that was such an overreach that it kept this house on the market for three years, but it’s not chump change, either.

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Another sale reported

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13 Perryridge Road

13 Perryridge, which we’ve discussed here before but whose details are no longer available because of the rules of the GAR, closed at $2.435 million. Just 91 days from opening at $2.635 to contract. Very much not a house I’d choose for my personal residence, but that’s irrelevant.

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Proof that in a hot market, even horrible staging can’t kill a deal

 

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So what kind of terrace do you expect for just $2.4?

 

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All good things come to those that wait

80 Birch Lane

80 Birch Lane

80 Birch Lane finally closed, at $2.025 million. Brother Gideon remembers that we went over there together back in 2009 and suggest an asking price in “the low $2s”. To be honest, I don’t remember this specific house, but I’ve certainly given plenty of price opinions in that range, for houses of this era, in this area. Regardless of my memory – and I trust Gid’s more – the owner listed it at $3.485 that year, with predictable results.

I suppose the reason I can’t remember this price opinion jaunt is that it’s identical to so many others.

I’m not whining; this is all part of the real estate business, just observing.

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