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Saturday, March 17, 2007

L.A.'s Housing Assistance: "Section 8" In Every Sense

By Walter Moore, Candidate for Mayor of L.A., MooreIsBetter.com

Section 8 housing subsidies can and should be the best way to help provide housing for the needy. The program is supposed to help those society deems worthy (e.g., elderly, crippled people with no assets and small fixed incomes) by picking up a good chunk of their monthly rent.

Section 8 housing assistance as mis-managed by our current City Hall, however, is collapsing. You can read about it in the Daily News. According to the article, the city has roughly 40,000 Section 8 vouchers for families, and is, apparently, trying to use the program as forced rent control for landlords who agree to participate in the program.

Fixing this situation should be a top priority for the Mayor and City Council. We can agree to disagree about whether tax dollars should go to rich developers to promote "affordable housing," but I trust we all agree that the truly needy should get subsidies sufficient to keep a roof over their heads. And that means paying the actual market value of their apartments, not expecting landlords to shoulder the entire burden of housing the needy themselves.

My platform, you may have noticed, calls for the repeal of rent control in its entirety, COMBINED WITH guaranteed full Section 8 subsidies for any truly needy people displaced as a result. This combination would "free up" around 550,000 apartments so people could move closer to work, would reduce traffic, reduce average rents city-wide, and would ensure that the burden of providing affordable housing is not put entirely on the shoulders of apartment owners. You can learn more at my website, mentioned above.

In the meantime, consider this your open thread for Saturday.


Blogger Joseph Mailander said:

It would cost about $750 million to build the same amount of housing---2500 units---that $10 million annually in vouchers can provide to 5000 elderly and disenfranchised directly.

Let's see, $10 million for 30 years (the voucher route) is $300 million...over 30 years...a mere bagautelle for taxpayers...

Paying back a $750 million bond over thirty years (the affordable housing route)...is...a sweetheart deal running over a billion for the lender, a billion straight to the pockets of out-of-town developers and City lobbyists, and a mammoth taxpayer ripoff that way out-Belmont's Belmont.

March 17, 2007 11:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Klinger, Section 8 and LA's housing assistance. LOL-Clever to connect these. Really is Section 8 in every sense.

March 17, 2007 11:55 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Come on, dude. You're acting as if AV did this all by himself. You're a liar and a fraud if you don't acknowledge that LA's policies from top to bottom aren't rotten to the core and a plain ol' ASSHOLE if you try to pile it on AV. I'm not a supporter of the man. But I am also not going to sit by and let yet another politician simply blame te predecessor for something that has been rotten for DECADES. Be a man. toss Hahn, Riordan, Bradly, et al's names into your pot.

March 17, 2007 2:47 PM  

Blogger solomon said:

I have a question.

While I can certainly sympathize with the opponents of development/density, as I understand it, a major driving force behind the skyrocketing housing prices in Los Angeles is the ratio of demand to supply.

While I'm strongly opposed to "affordable housing" policies in principle, I don't see how we can hope to stabilize the price of housing using market-based solutions without adding supply to the market?

March 17, 2007 3:59 PM  

Blogger Poppy said:

If you're fed up with all of it you can write comments on blogs or you can go:

Very cool event downtown Sunday March 18, 2007 if you’re fed up with ‘developers’ mugging your community, bureaucrats destroying more for freeways. See at:
–e-mail to neighbors, friends, blogs.


March 17, 2007 4:34 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

JM -Thanks for the math,Joseph. That's an amazingly goo point.

2:74: First, lose the potty mouth. Second, read the article. The program is not administered properly. The man in charge of adminsitration at City Hall, since July 2005, is the Mayor. We need a working mayor who actually does the job, not someone who's always chasing the next photo-op.

March 17, 2007 6:34 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

AW - We have 3.9 million people here. Don't fall for the "affordable housing crisis" label. Nearly four million people manage to afford to live here now. Why are prices high? It's a trick question: they are par for the course for major cities. However, rent control drive UP the cost of housing by effectively limiting the supply of housing available. If you want to lower the price of housing, start by repealing rent control and lowering property taxes.

March 17, 2007 6:37 PM  

Blogger Walter Moore said:

"drives up" not "drive up"

March 17, 2007 6:38 PM  

Blogger The Pasadena Pundit said:

See my column

The NIMBY vs the PINATA Cliche of the Affordable Housing Crisis

PINATA - Protected Immigrant Neighborhoods Always Takeover Affordable housing.


March 18, 2007 8:29 AM  

Blogger The Pasadena Pundit said:

See my column
The NIMBY vs. the PINATA Cliche of the Affordable Housing Crisis

PINATA - Protected Immigrant Neighborhoods Always Takeover Affordable housing


March 18, 2007 8:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I will not lose the potty mouth. AV has been in charge but he isn't the one who made the system rotten. Just like - if elected - you won't fix it.
What the city needs is a system wide change. Total reconstruction from the top down. A new mayor can't fix it. new mayor, new city council and so on.

March 18, 2007 10:44 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Seeking (1) bedroom apt, Section 8, in safe area, please?

My website, with my photo & etc info is: http://www.jeffreydavidmorris.com I just don't want to be forced by time, circumstances of a lack or housing research tools' live in any of the most dangerous area's of LA, which seem to only be what's available on the "HACLA" property list. I am a good tenant. Need to move before, 9/1/07, so securing & closing a rental, I need to do fairly soon. Can anyone in LA (please) share the news, thank you. Note: $910 or less, (1) bedroom apt, within Los Angeles City limits; (213, 323, 310, or 818) area's. I have my Section 8, ‘HACLA’/”LA City Housing Authority” voucher, and am in need for a (1) bedroom apt, in a safe neighborhood. Section 8 is a housing program: http://www.hacla.org, where I pay (30%) of my monthly income of $1,035, which is figured by “HACLA” something around $298.20, and & HACLA pays the remaining half, thus, you get ALL your rent. Please, I need a reasonable safe neighborhood, (1) bedroom - no more than $910/mo. I am a decent nice guy, have references, and been known to care about & can do voluntary community/neighborhood improvement advocacy, regarding communication with city on maintaining removal of area graffiti, voluntarily working with local neighborhood/community 'LAPD' Senior Lead officer, on behalf of fellow neighbor's and fellow tenant's in the community/neighborhood. Moreover, I really need to secure & close a housing deal soon. Thank you all in advance, who live within the CITY of Los Angeles city limits and possess a possible (1) bedroom apt for rent. God bless, and have a beautiful day, take care. I really appreciate it, honest.

August 05, 2007 5:22 PM  

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