Many People in My Neighborhood Do Not Like Section 8

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Real Estate Agent with Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office 634480

Many People in My Neighborhood Do Not Like Section 8

 

In some counties in Maryland, a landlord can not rule out a renter because the renter would be using section 8.  They can rule them out for other reasons such as a bad criminal background or extremely bad credit, but not for section 8 by itself.

 

However, there are some counties that do not have this law for landlords.  Baltimore County is one of the counties where a landlord can still reject a renter simply because they are using a section 8 voucher.  In fact, the Baltimore County legislature voted 5 to 1 against stating that landlords could not reject a renter for using a section 8 voucher.

 

One legislator stated that section 8 simply relocates poverty from one neighborhood to another.  He is wrong.  Section 8 allows for people to get out of poverty, albeit with a government assistance program.

 

When people hear about a crime in my relatively low crime neighborhood, several people invariably state that it is because "section 8"  people have moved into the neighborhood.  This is in spite of the fact that no correlation has been drawn between the two events and in spite of the fact that the criminals, when caught, are usually not found to be using section 8.

 

My neighborhood is primarily White and some people, within my neighborhood, incorrectly use the term section 8 to refer to people of color.  For instance, a Black family will move into the neighborhood and without fail people will start to mutter about section 8 moving into the neighborhood.  They are wrong.  Section 8 does not discriminate such that only people of color are selected for the program.  The selection is primarily based on income.  The Black family might actually be purchasing the property.  If a White family moved in and was actually using section 8, no one would ever suspect it.

 

Some people believe that section 8 easily allows for "illegal aliens" to move into the neighborhood.  They start to state trumpian slogans like "Build the wall" or "MAGA 2020".  But, they are wrong again.  Section 8 requires that the renter be a citizen.

 

There is a new development of townhouses being developed in the neighborhood.  This started a discussion about section 8 housing coming into the neighborhood.  The starting price for these townhouses is $399,000, which is far above an amount where section 8 would be affordable, even though it can be quite generous in what it pays for rent.  Typically section 8 is for rentals, however it can be used for purchases, but not in this price category.  Again, these people are misinformed.

 

It is okay to not be in favor of having a program like section 8 in the first place, but when it does exist, it would be worthwhile to actually understand what it does and what it does not do, instead of ignorantly blaming it for the ills of society.

 

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Kathryn Sparks
Zenith Realty - Baltimore, MD

Ron,

The ills of society have reasons which are much more complicated than the easy answer of section 8.

Apr 13, 2019 10:35 AM #1
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Karen Krzniak
Zenith Realty - Towson, MD

Ron,

Just like section 8 is not the reason for society's problems, trump is not the answer to correcting society's problems, but the people who are against section 8, most likely are with trump.

Apr 13, 2019 10:40 AM #2
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Paula

First off let me reiterate something. I have a voucher. I'm black. Have a work history. Educated. Not a criminal. Ex federal worker senior. See I worked with the United states census bureau. I know the stats. Of who is on housing etc. Its not Hispanics. And blacks. Those are racist stereotypes as usual. In Tennessee there are more whites a whole town on welfare and HUD programs. I don't entertain idiots. Because these are the same people . That still have " fear" about us. See with rising cost of housing and gentrification in our country. Is crazy. The game plan has been to push people out. Instead of bitching about "guess who's coming to dinner." Get out and vote. !! Remove number 45, from the White House.!!!

Apr 27, 2019 09:55 AM #3
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Ron Trzcinski, 410-935-5844
Century 21, The Real Estate Centre, 410-665-0200 Office - Nottingham, MD

Paula,

 

Although on a national level, and in some localities, the number of whites using vouchers is higher than the number of blacks using vouchers, in some areas, such as Greater Baltimore, the number of blacks using vouchers is higher than the number of whites using vouchers, which leads people in such areas to have these misconceptions.  The purpose of my post was not to bitch, but instead it was meant to inform, especially those who have these wrong perceptions about vouchers.  Unfortunately, I think that, even when these people are informed with the facts, they will still vote for 45 again.  So, yes, for those of us who are not racists, bigots, and the like, get out in record numbers and remove that fool from office.

Apr 27, 2019 02:36 PM #4
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