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Old 12-07-2017, 05:31 PM
 
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I’m a single, Caucasian 40s woman coming to Winston-Salem from MA.
Will I be safe?
Will I be out of place?

I have a Section 8 voucher and am concerned about what areas I may end up in.
I present well and have great credit, so maybe I can get accepted to a safe area.
I also won’t have a car.

I made my decision after watching a video of a man praising Winston Salem and by looking at other things about the downtown area, but now I’m pretty nervous after reading more online tbut got about crime there.

Any suggestions?
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Old 12-08-2017, 06:23 AM
 
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I don't really understand your questions, frankly. Will you be safe? Yes, if you don't engage in risky behaviors (buying drugs, for example). W-S overall is a nice, safe, good place to live. Obviously, it has its rougher areas, just like anywhere.

Will you be out of place? I can't even begin to answer that...in what context are you asking?

Not having a car will be a major problem. W-S has a bus system, but there is no comprehensive mass transit like Boston, for example. It will be very difficult to get to work and shopping without a car.

It sounds as if you have never been to W-S? I would not advise anyone to move sight unseen.
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Old 12-08-2017, 06:38 AM
 
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I’ll have a section 8 voucher so my choices will be limited.
Being that I’m relocating and have few resources, I’ve got to start getting some idea where to start.
Just a few simple questions, that’s all.

I’m looking more into Raleigh/Durham now and am wondering if that’s a little safer in the lower price range.
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Old 12-08-2017, 06:39 AM
 
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BTW, the bus system looks decent.
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:09 AM
 
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In general, the Raleigh/Durham area is more expensive than W-S. It's always risky to make generalizations, but I would think that you could get more for your money in W-S... e.g. a better neighborhood for $X in W-S than the same $ in Raleigh.

Unless you can provide specific neighborhood or apt complex names, it's impossible to tell you that you can find Section 8 housing in a safe area or not.

Just as in most any city, crime is somewhat localized in W-S. It doesn't do any city justice to judge it on overall crime rate.

I lived in W-S several different times over a period of many years. I grew up in Raleigh. I prefer W-S because it's not as crowded, traffic is better, it offers everything I would need in terms of activities, shopping, arts, dining, etc.
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:25 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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Originally Posted by WorkinThruIt View Post
I’m a single, Caucasian 40s woman coming to Winston-Salem from MA.
I made my decision after watching a video of a man praising Winston Salem
and by looking at other things about the downtown area...
Those are some pretty weak reasons to choose a place to move to.

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Any suggestions?
Don't move here (or anywhere else) without a job doing something that you do well.
Have a skill that is actually needed? Does it pay well enough to support you?

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I have a Section 8 voucher...
By yourself? I'll assume you also have a kid or other dependent.
With that in mind you need to have a GOOD solid job lined up before moving.

Single and younger can get away with 'living rough' on someones couch for a while.
With dependents (and a ton of crap to be moved) you can't expect to do that.

Regardless, don't expect that a MA S8 voucher will mean anything in NC.

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...am concerned about what areas I may end up in.
Start with the job offer you can line up in advance of moving.
Expect to live nearby or at least on a bus line: WS Transit – WS Transit
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:47 AM
 
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In general, the Raleigh/Durham area is more expensive than W-S. It's always risky to make generalizations, but I would think that you could get more for your money in W-S... e.g. a better neighborhood for $X in W-S than the same $ in Raleigh.

Unless you can provide specific neighborhood or apt complex names, it's impossible to tell you that you can find Section 8 housing in a safe area or not.

Just as in most any city, crime is somewhat localized in W-S. It doesn't do any city justice to judge it on overall crime rate.

I lived in W-S several different times over a period of many years. I grew up in Raleigh. I prefer W-S because it's not as crowded, traffic is better, it offers everything I would need in terms of activities, shopping, arts, dining, etc.
That is the best, clearest answer I have received yet.
Thank you very much.
I feel much more secure in my decision today which is Winston-Salem.
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:48 AM
 
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Those are some pretty weak reasons to choose a place to move to.

Don't move here (or anywhere else) without a job doing something that you do well.
Have a skill that is actually needed? Does it pay well enough to support you?

By yourself? I'll assume you also have a kid or other dependent.
With that in mind you need to have a GOOD solid job lined up before moving.

Single and younger can get away with 'living rough' on someones couch for a while.
With dependents (and a ton of crap to be moved) you can't expect to do that.

Regardless, don't expect that a MA S8 voucher will mean anything in NC.

Start with the job offer you can line up in advance of moving.
Expect to live nearby or at least on a bus line: WS Transit Ė WS Transit
You donít know what someone elseís story is.
Please donít judge.
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Old 12-08-2017, 10:57 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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You don’t know what someone else’s story is.
Please don’t judge.
That's not judging anything. Just reality.
If you need it sugarcoated... well, good luck.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HrnoR9cBP3o
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Old 12-09-2017, 01:22 PM
 
Location: Charlotte
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WorkinThruit:
Regardless of your situation, and overlooking snarky criticism here, Roadpony is right, Winston-Salem does have a lower cost of living compared to the larger metros in North Carolina. None of the North Carolina cities have full fledged mass transit. Winston-Salem has adequate bus service for a city it’s size, and based on its ridership. I happen to live in Charlotte, have worked in Raleigh since June, and have lived in Winston-Salem twice over the years, so I know for a fact that Winston-Salem is more an affordable place to live. It has everything you need to make a new start.

And Winston-Salem is not unsafe!

Positive vibes to you!
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