Signs of things to come: Is housing subsidy distribution being rationed in Michigan? Lee Cary sees a ‘brewing storm’

And so it begins. In Taylor, Wayne Co., Michigan, Section 8 Housing voucher distribution [was] canceled after thousands waiting in line get out of control:

    TAYLOR, Mich. (WXYZ) – A chaotic scene erupted at the Taylor Human Services Center when the crowd waiting for a Section 8 Housing voucher distribution got out of control.

    The center is located at Eureka and Lange Roads. That’s between on Eureka, between Beech Daly and Inkster.

    Police say thousands of people from all over the area were at the center. Many were homeless, single moms, or disabled. They were hoping to get help paying for their housing from the government.

    “There was elderly, disabled people, pregnant single women. They were here for help, to get their section 8 vouchers. It just shows you what a desperate need… some were here since yesterday,” said Rhianna Rodriguez.

    7 Action News is being told there were 1,000 vouchers available and 5,000 people showed up trying to get one.

    The crowd had grown overnight as more and more people arrived. Witnesses say the line stretched for a mile down Lange Road.

    Police say, when the time came for the vouchers to be distributed, there was a mad rush for the door. Officers tried to control the crowd, but couldn’t.

    Officers had to shut down several lanes of Eureka Road until the situation could be brought under control. The road is now reopened.

    Several people were arrested. The rest were sent home. Today’s distribution has been canceled and will be rescheduled.

    “There was a lady with an oxygen tank. She was elderly. When they told everybody they had to go home and they weren’t going to help, she was in tears,” said Rodriguez.

Regarding the availability of public or low income housing in the city of Taylor, the website reports:

    Finding low income housing in Taylor, Michigan is challenging. As with the rest of the country, waiting lists are long and, in some cases, closed for new applications. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has various rental assistance programs administered by the local Public Housing Agency (PHA), which ensures low income housing units comply with health and safety standards. It’s necessary to apply for rental assistance to qualify for the low income homes available. …

    The housing voucher system is a sub-program of Section 8 that provides rental assistance. Families with an income of less than 50% of the median income for the area are eligible to apply. The program pays the difference between 30% of the family’s household income and the Fair Market Rent (FMR), which is calculated based on the price of rentals in Taylor. The PHA pays its share of the rent directly to the landlord, and you’re responsible for paying your portion. …

    The Taylor PHA has a database of low income homes available in the area, but the waiting period to get one of these properties is fairly long. With a Section 8 housing voucher, you can approach private landlords and apply to rent their properties. If they accept you as a tenant, the PHA will pay the subsidized portion of the monthly rent once they’re inspected and approved. Some approved Section 8 properties advertise independently when they have units available, and you can apply directly to them instead of joining the waiting list.

There are many demographic and other statistics to consider about Taylor as a microcosm of what may well happen to many US cities:

The current crime profile for Taylor — with a 2011 estimated population of 62,489 — is not good. The crime index for Taylor is 12 — with 100 considered to be the safest — meaning that Taylor is only safer than 12% of other cities in the U.S.

The national median number of crimes per square mile is 39.6. That number is 120 for the city of Taylor but only 37 for the whole state of Michigan.

In fact, crime in the city of Taylor has been off the state’s and national charts since at least 1989. Violent crime has escalated since 2009, the beginning of the Obama era. Between 2007 and 2010, violent crime increased statistically by 50%.

Between 2007-2011, an estimated 19.5% of Taylor’s population was below the poverty line.

What is the poverty line in Michigan?

    Using HUD’s income limits, a family of four in the Detroit metropolitan area is “low-income” if they earn $55,850 or less. They become “very low-income” at $34,900 or less and “extremely low-income” at $20,950 or less. In Ann Arbor, these numbers rise to $64,400, $42,100 and $25,250, respectively, taking into account differences in local median income.

Between 2007-2011, there were approximatley 23,544 households in the city of Taylor, with an estimated persons per household of 2.66. The per capita money income in 2011 dollars is $20,227, with a median household income of $42,373.

At the end of 2009, estimated unemployment in the city of Taylor peaked at nearly 14% but somehow nosedived — without explanation — to below 10% by November 2012.

When did Taylor’s unemployment skyrocket? Right after the 2008 election.

Wayne County, in which we find the city of Taylor, voted 595,846 to 213,814 to re-elect Obama to office. In every precinct in the city, voters overwhelmingly voted for Obama.

City of Taylor residents need to keep this in mind going forward as their lives continue to spiral downward.

Lee Cary, an American Thinker contributor, comments:

    The largely (not solely) Black urban centers are powder kegs waiting to explode during some especially hot summer during the next few years.

    Ironically, most of the people there, who wholeheartedly embraced the promises of both the ‘08 and ‘12 Obama campaigns, are the very ones most negatively impacted by economic policies that are moving the nation closer, daily, toward defaulting on the government’s ability to just service the mounting debt (pay the interest on the principle) – paying it off is virtually impossible. Their expectations were manipulated to an unrealistic level and cannot, and will not, be met. In short, their ignorance was used and abused to advance the progressive agenda.

    Inflation (currency devaluation) is the only option in the short run to enable gov’t spending to continue at its insane pace. It’s a trend that cannot continue indefinitely, and is only making the inevitable reckoning worse.

    Meanwhile, as the old media pushes the myth that an economic recovery is underway, the plight of those in America’s inner cities worsens. Once the entitlement monies begin to taper off (just as Social Security checks are gradually shrinking as those of you on SS know), there will be reactions more violent than just angry crowds. It will, sooner or later, spill over into more affluent adjoining neighborhoods and communities when the true-believers in Obamanomics realize they’ve bought a lie. Sadly, people on all sides will die.

    The ruling elite in D.C. see this coming.


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