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Old 01-28-2008, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Issaquah, WA
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People who accept government assistance aren't necessarily bad people. The poster who is trying to make this correlation automatically is most likely speaking from ignorance. There are plenty of hardworking good people who could use a little help keeping their rent down. By moving there yourself and being a good neighbor, you are doing your part to fight these types of generalizations and stereotypes.

Las Vegas is too full of people who think that there are two types of people: Poor people who are sad disgusting criminals and then everyone else who are to live in fear and disgust of them. By thinking this way, you only magnify your fear of this 'boogeyman' and make it out to be scarier than it really is. Of course there's crime, and you should do a little due diligence before choosing where you live, but I think you've done that. I hope it goes well for you!
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Old 01-28-2008, 06:36 PM
 
Location: South Strip, NV --> Philly (Fall 2009)
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89123 may have a higher instance of car theft because its so close to I-15...also 89123 covers a very large area and of course, every apt. complex has shady people
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Old 01-29-2008, 07:52 AM
 
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There is a Section 8 tract. And you really like it. Do you see something wrong with this? I dont know you but I will tell you that your life is much too precious to exist in fear in one of those disgusting places. They are not safe.
If you have a Section 8 Voucher, you can live in any apartment complex you want (assuming the landlord accepts you), not just the Villanova.

Just because you don't live in a Section 8 property doesn't mean your neighbors aren't using a Sec. 8 voucher to live there.
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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Just curious....how does one qualify for a section 8 voucher? What is the criteria?
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:53 AM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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Just curious....how does one qualify for a section 8 voucher? What is the criteria?

Primarily income. Some other good character things. Generally a looonnng waiting list. Section 8 is actually reasonably common. The real block is that the don't go over 900 a month (IIRC)
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:03 AM
 
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Primarily income. Some other good character things. Generally a looonnng waiting list. Section 8 is actually reasonably common. The real block is that the don't go over 900 a month (IIRC)
In my case, I qualify to live on the Villanova property, but I don't get them to pay 80% of the rent. Instead I get a discounted rent "fair market value" which is about $713 for 2bd 2bath. I don't know how much the government subsidizes in addition to the $713 I'm paying.

I presume it is much more difficult to get an actual sec. 8 voucher. There are long waiting lists, but once you get your voucher, you can live anywhere, paying only a fraction of the normal rent.
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:40 PM
 
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Default They must not do very good background checks

We have lived in our neighborhood in the Summerlin area for 14 years now and there are quite a few section 8 homes here. We recently received a postcard from the police department, saying there was a convicted sex offender living a few blocks from our house. We found out it was a section 8 house and I wrote them a not-so-nice letter asking them how they could possibly let someone like that rent from them. I also sent a letter to our counsel woman Lois Tarkanian and have not received anything in return from either one. This, as far as I'm concerned is an outrage. That house is located across the street from a middle school bus stop and blocks away from the High School and the Elementary school. Children are walking past constantly. They obviously did not care to do a background check on this man.
All I want to say is be careful and do your homework.
I have to be honest in saying I would steer clear of those places. I know there are people that are good and just trying to better themselves and need assistance, but most of the section 8 people are unemployed dirt bags looking for a handout.

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Old 01-29-2008, 10:15 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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We have lived in our neighborhood in the Summerlin area for 14 years now and there are quite a few section 8 homes here. We recently received a postcard from the police department, saying there was a convicted sex offender living a few blocks from our house. We found out it was a section 8 house and I wrote them a not-so-nice letter asking them how they could possibly let someone like that rent from them. I also sent a letter to our counsel woman Lois Tarkanian and have not received anything in return from either one. This, as far as I'm concerned is an outrage. That house is located across the street from a middle school bus stop and blocks away from the High School and the Elementary school. Children are walking past constantly. They obviously did not care to do a background check on this man.
All I want to say is be careful and do your homework.
I have to be honest in saying I would steer clear of those places. I know there are people that are good and just trying to better themselves and need assistance, but most of the section 8 people are unemployed dirt bags looking for a handout.
Your point being that you only want rich sex offenders in your neighborhood? If the guy can afford to buy a $350K place next to you it would be OK?
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Old 01-30-2008, 05:38 AM
 
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but most of the section 8 people are unemployed dirt bags looking for a handout.
I haven't decided where I'm going to live yet. This thread has been very helpful. I'll probably try to avoid the Sect. 8 complex. The problem is, every other apartment complex seems to have the same issues.

It sounds like there is a lot of paperwork & inspections involved when living in a Sect. 8

It might be worth paying an extra couple hundred in rent just to avoid the issue altogether.
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Old 01-30-2008, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Vegas Baby
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Your point being that you only want rich sex offenders in your neighborhood? If the guy can afford to buy a $350K place next to you it would be OK?
ha ha ha That's EXACTLY what it sounds like to me. Only rich sex offenders are welcome... not the poor dirtbag ones!!
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