Originally Posted by sheenie2000
Are there any statistics on the existing affordable housing projects that are all over Charlotte? Such as if crime went up after they were built. If so, how much? Next, how many of the tenants actually work and how many hours a week they work? Also, how many of them had a background check to ensure they haven't committed any crimes?
If there aren't any, how do we go about finding this out?
Sheenie - just dropping in for a few moments. I have spent around 12 hours so far, trying to put this info together, and I am frankly hitting walls every way I turn.
The last figure I saw was from 2005 and stated that about 16,000 folks in Charlotte needed "affordable housing." But I got that second hand - and no source was cited. I have gone thru/ HUD applications . . . minutes of various organizations . . . all sorts of advocacy group info - trying to find out how many people actually have vouchers here, for example - how many folks qualify for affordable housing . . . how many folks have BROUGHT vouchers here from other locations (NYC is one of the most popular places to relocate from w/ a voucher - no surprise, I suppose - high COL).
I have tried to find out total $$$ by year, by project . . . have tried to find out what HOPE VI grants CLT has rec'd and how much they got for each one, sifting thru/ amended contracts . . . trying to find some way to track how much money has come into this city from various organizations. Millions and Millions of dollars. But finding the documents I need - which SHOULD be readily available - or even what to request - has been sheer hell. I feel it is all very veiled so that it is nearly impossible to track actual information.
I can't even file FIA requests b/c I can't figure out WHAT TO ASK FOR!!!
For example . . . there should be an accounting, per state, per city, for every voucher. Heck, I would think - per zip code. Where do I find that? And every person who has a voucher and then transfers it to Charlotte, that should be tracked. But where?
Remember - folks who get a voucher in one city can keep the SAME AMOUNT of that voucher when they relocate. At least, that is what I have been told. That is why so many folks come south - they get these much larger amounts on vouchers in NYC - and then come to Charlotte - and get more bang for the buck. Someone correct me if I am wrong!
Also, there is supposed to be this work program in place, yet even when the city is aware that folks are NOT working, no one is willing to turn folks in.
And evidently, there IS availability in apartments here - but they are old and so no one will even apply to rent them. Now, that is what I got from some 2007 info, so I have no idea if that was a temporary situation or what. You can imagine that w/ the economic downturn, there are even MORE folks out of work.
In addition, there are numerous programs throughout the city/county/region that get United Way $$, as well as federal dollars, to provide "assistance" to "low income" people. There are even programs to give housing, job training, counseling, etc. to people when they are released from prison and it doesn't appear to matter how many times they have been released (in other words, repeat offenders). And there are all sorts of daycare reimbursement plans and vouchers, etc. etc.
It seems to me that one group of demographics here in this city is getting a LOT of help. A LOT - especially if it is a single mother w/ kids. Then you go up one tier - to COUPLES who are making more money but have several children, and there may be NOTHING available except possibly medicaid for the children.
Something is very very wrong with this picture.
I also discovered that there is a program out there for folks who bought houses they can't afford - a special loan program - where you get a new loan at 0%. But you can't qualify unless some agency decides you were essentially "tricked" into getting a loan you couldn't qualify for originally. Doesn't seem to matter if it was for a $500K house, lol. Dang.
Of course, I am having trouble laying my hands on actual documents, so I never know if what I am reading is factual or accurate.
You would not believe how many billion $$ has been granted to HUD since Obama came into office - and for anyone who thinks I am politicizing it - let me assure you - it could not have been more politicized on the documents where I read the figures. Heads of departments and agencies were puffing the fact that Pres. Obama had their backs, and Pres Obama was really looking out for folks now, etc. etc. So I am merely passing on the language these bureaucrats have used in describing their grand bounty of federal dollars that were now theirs to disburse to the thronging masses (well, to very specific demographics of the thronging masses).
I have spent so much time searching and feel I have found very little real info . . .