Wednesday, September 7, 2011
HUD's Affordable Housing Crisis: How to Reform Public Housing in America
To me people living in Public Housing is just one step away from being Level 4 Poverty, Level 4 Poverty to me would be homeless people. People who can't afford a place to live and live on the streets or sometimes stay in a Homeless Shelter. Level 4 to me would be the worst Level in Poverty, the best being Low Income workers. Some Low Income workers live in Public Housing, others live in Low Rent apartments in rough neighborhoods. A women in this video said that she basically has lived most of her life in Public Housing. To me that just evidence of how much the War on Poverty has failed in America. That we would allow as a country for this to happen and not do anything or anything that would actually move these people out of poverty and into Private Housing. And that gets to education and Job Placement so these people can get the skills that they need. In order to get a good job and become Self Sufficient. What we could've been doing the last forty plus years in Public Housing. Is helping these people get the skills that they need in order to get a good job, whether they are already working or not. Because a lot of these people are Low Skilled, they either only have High School Diploma's or didn't even finish High School. And we should've been sending these people back to school, including Community College so they can get the skills that they need in order to get a good job. And be Self Sufficient but thats just one failure in Public Housing which was part of the Great Society legislation of the mid and late 1960s. The main failure gets to how it was designed and is very fundamental. The Federal Government figured that they could take essentially a community of Low Income Low Skilled people. And basically force them to live together in these run down Public Housing Projects in rough neighborhoods. And left them there in these bad neighborhoods to raise their kids and send them to bad schools. Where they remained Low Income and Low Skilled.
What we should've been doing all along and what we should be doing today is reforming Public Housing. Not only in a way that would empower the Residents of Public Housing to finish school and further their education. So they can get a job that can support themselves and their families and become Self Sufficient. And be able to pay for their own home or pay for the rent of their home on their own. But instead of creating more ghettos through government of all things. What we should be doing is integrate Public Housing Residents into Middle Class communities. So these people can live in better communities and send their kids to better schools and find better jobs etc. As well as living in safer communities. And then we need to get the Federal Government as well as State and Local Governments out of the business of Public Housing. And let them be there to regulate but give the power to the people and let them run Public Housing. Turn it into a Semi Private Non Profit Community Housing Service. With each State and Local Government having their own chapters but where Private Sector to an extent would run them. And these Public Housing Projects could be paid for by the residents up to a point. And then by their employers for the people who work. And Unemployment or Welfare or Disability Insurance for the people who don't work.
Public Housing has succeeded in the sense that its prevented millions of people from having to be homeless. And perhaps all that it was designed for and to that extent its been a success. But if the goal is to actually move people out of poverty and not just sustain them. Then we need some serious reforms in Public Housing and are other Public Assistance Programs.
Click on the link of the blog to see a video about Public Housing