Monday, July 28, 2014

Crain's: Poor families use CHA "super-vouchers" to live in luxury buildings

A Crain's article on controversial use of CHA housing "super-vouchers" (formerly known as Section 8 subsidized housing vouchers) has gained a lot of attention today.

Tax dollars to subsidize this view? (Photo Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty)
Bob and I have not worked with clients looking for housing while possessing a voucher.  However we have worked with landlords considering making their apartments eligible for CHA vouchers. Additionally, Kale Realty has a wealth of expert brokers dealing with people looking for quality housing... being it low income clients or those with vouchers.  One thing we have learned over the years is housing for voucher holders in low crime and high income neighborhoods is scarce.  Housing for voucher holders is pretty much scarce in general.

Set aside the classicism and racism in the comments to judge if this is a good CHA and HUD policy, a well intentioned but flawed policy or if the practice should be investigated for corruption.

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