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View Poll Results: Would you want me in your neighborhood with my Section 8 Voucher? Would you rent to me?
No, I wouldn't want you in my neighborhood & I wouldn't rent to you! 9 26.47%
No, I wouldn't want you in my neighborhood. 3 8.82%
But, I would rent to you. 3 8.82%
Yes, I'd be fine with you in my neighborhood & I'd rent to you too. 19 55.88%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 34. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 10-09-2007, 04:36 PM
 
Location: East Coast Personality. West Coast Flaire. Planted in Minneapolis / “MN Niceland"
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Other than the schools issue, there's nothing wrong with Sherman Oaks or Silver Lake. However if you were to move to an area bordering on Culver City you would also be in an LAUSD area. In fact, some of the nicest and/or most expensive areas in LA county unfortunately are within LAUSD territory.
What should it mean to me that something is in LAUSD territory? I'm guessing that is a "bad" thing, could you explain why?

The only significance schools have for me is that I'd like to go back to "college" at some point & maybe if my son, DIL, & grandson moved near me - then the local school district would matter.

Also, I found Sherman Oaks on the map & it is NOWHERE near where I am looking for. The Section 8 exception seems to be that if you look far enough out from a city centre you'll find nice housing & folks willing to accept S8 - especially with the larger bedroom sizes, as they can get more rent from S8 than the average tenant could afford.
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Old 10-09-2007, 05:11 PM
 
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Lightbulb I wish you the best of luck

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I quickly discovered, here in Mpls, that the Section 8 lists of housing available is really more of a "this is where NOT to move" list, rather than anything to seriously consider for myself. I have looked over the lists for LA & found that it was likely the same case there.

I am planning a visit in late Dec / early Jan - just for a "look/see". Sometimes the things I dare to dream of make life more complicated for me, I certainly have attempted to reconsider this decision. But, sometimes, despite what everyone else has to say, we must chase those dreams deep inside us.

While logic may dictate otherwise, I KNOW that if someone gives me just a window of opportunity, I can show them that I am a chance worth taking. It has simply always been the case in my life & others have, at times, shaken their heads in disbelief at the opportunities I have created for myself by never giving up & believing in myself.

I need this, more than anyone can imagine or comprehend, I really need this.
I can understand and relate to where you are coming from as i too had to overcome many obstacles and have achieved many things that others thought were not possible for me because for one thing I grew up extremely poor. Life is too short not to chase your dreams. I too want to move to california & although I sense we are in a different income bracket I have had nay sayers try to steer me clear of such a move because of earthquakes and my preference for not driving. Both I know i will have to get used to. Is it possible for you to perhaps first move to a place like Silverlake that is less dangerous and then try to develop relationships with people in you desired nieghborhood once you are here? I'm just thinking that it may be easier to firt move to a place that you don't want to be at first and then once you get a feel for LA you can try to create bonds with folks with affiliations in your choice neighborhoods and network your way into section 8 housing that is suitable? I hope it all works out for you.
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Old 10-10-2007, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Las Vegas nv
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Dear Think.reciprocity,

I admire your willingness to get to the nuts and bolts. Thanks for the personal message, I will get back to soon.

In the mean time, Does anyone have ideas where she can stay for her trip to CA? Inexpensive motels in, best yet if there are any in her desired living location?

I took a trip to Reno when I had planned to move there and it was fruitful. One tip I got from a Pizza Hut worker (who had done something similar as a single mom) was to most things in storage and move into a temporary effeciency-type place. Use this place as your base from which to scour the current opennings in the local market. Then you won't feel pressured into making a quick decision. I didn't have to do this MN, but in retrospect I see that I did get lucky with the address of the place.

Do you have pets? I know you can find efficiencies which allow pets in MN. Not sure about LA.

As I am sure you are planning to do, while in CA pick up all local ad listings, newspapers, look at hand made signs on telephone poles. Bring some back to MN, so you can rethink options when you are less rushed. Bringing a local telephone book home is not a bad idea. You can get #s online, but looking through pages may give you ideas.

I knew a woman who liked to rent to women with Sec. 8. That was in Redlands, CA where the pace is slower and more family oriented. She got to know the potential renters. In lieu of this for your May trip, consider getting together a resume-of sorts to have on hand for an owner who may not have an openning at the time but appears to put thought into these things. LA isn't full of the most "thoughtful types". Does anyone have ideas about info she could give out to help keep her in others' minds and not compromise safety?

Bring home contact info not just for the church you are interested in, but try to go to a couple of gatherings/events and get people's phone #s. They may come across something on your behalf a month after you left.

Before leaving CA, I didn't get a chance to get rid of lots of things. It just wasn't going to happen because things came up last minute (no way was I going to let that stand in my way). From this I learned that most people, unless work is paying for the move, carefully consider getting rid of just about everything before moving. If you will need to replace something within 2 years after the move, think about selling or giving it away. You probably don't want to get rid of everything - or wouldn't be able to replace everything initially anyway but you need to think about the cost of transportation and real estate to house it when you get there. I was shocked at the expense of gas for a loaded UHaul.

LA has better bargains than MN. Does anyone have ideas about how to prioritize things to take on the move?

I paid professional movers under the table. I figured insurance wouldn't totally reimburse costs if something happened, etc. In the end, they outright swindled me out of about $1,ooo.oo This may have offset the cost of packing materials they provided for me, inexpensive reimbursement of their costs of eating at Taco Bell, etc. They did provide me with receipts, but there was nothing I could do to get back the $ they owed me. There was nothing I could do about this. I would have never guessed they would do this, they were friends. Consider a less expensive moving company.

Have you looked at Craigslist for the area? Consider a post saying you are looking for housing.

These are ideas off the top of my head. Mostly, things to generate other thoughts and questions.

We'll be in touch.

Jeanne
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Old 10-11-2007, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas nv
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Dear Think.Reciprocity,

I checked my direct messages folder and didn't find one from you. I thought I saw one referenced yesterday but can't see reference of it today.

I still don't really know how to use this forum...just go as necessary and can't always remember how I did things. I don't think you need anything other than my screen name. I will check again this weekend

Jeanne
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Old 12-22-2007, 04:18 PM
 
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Late addition to the thread - the problem with Section 8 isn't that every such tenant is a bad risk - in fact, many are downright preferable over market-rate tenants.

The problem is that the government has a history of not honoring their side of the deal, especially in Los Angeles County. LA City is even worse.

With the politicians demonizing landlords at every opportunity, with tenant-activist groups encouraging bad behavior, and with rent control buying a majority vote for socialists, private property owners are under siege. Smart managers have learned, long ago, to avoid anything to do with the government, or low-income tenants.
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Old 12-22-2007, 06:01 PM
 
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Nothing personal, but I think Section 8 should be ground zeroed and rebuilt from scratch. There are way too many abusers and they ruin it for everyone, including honest people who need and deserve assistance.

I'm a landlord myself and, while I stay far, far away from Section 8, I'm more than willing to give disabled, elderly and down-on-their-luck tenants a break. But Section 8 leads to many headaches, much hassle and constant complaints from neighbors. While you sound like a very responsible person, I know from personal experience that many Section 8 recipients are not. Many landlords will give you a shot, even if you're not Section 8. My recommendation is to seek them out, be honest about your situation and open to what they can offer. JMO. Good luck!
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Old 12-27-2007, 10:30 PM
 
Location: East Coast Personality. West Coast Flaire. Planted in Minneapolis / “MN Niceland"
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Thumbs up Naysayers be dayumed!!! lol

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I am off for a "look/see" to LA on the 29th of December. I'll be there for 9 days. I understand where all the negativity comes from & yet I know myself to be very different than all the stereotypes & very worthy of the opportunity to rebuild my life in an area I feel is safe & nurturing of my future good health.

I am praying that landlords, property management companies & the like will be willing to lend me their ears for a few brief moments - along with an open heart & mind. I'm just the sort of person anyone would want in their neighborhood or in their own rental property. I want the opportunity to show that to prospective landlords while on this trip.

I cannot single-handedly change the stereotypes or negativity of those who don't want to deal with the potential problems associated with Section 8 tenants or the government that runs it. I can wholly agree that it needs to be overhauled & all the while absolutely grateful that I have "it" - as is - available to me right now.

I need just one person to give me the opportunity to prove myself a desirable tenant, neighbor, citizen - just one. I'm looking for that one. If you are him or her - please leave me a message. I'm looking to rebuild my life again - this is one big step towards renewed self-sufficiency.

Even if you don't like what you believe I represent or anything else - I hope that the majority of you are able to wish me well, genuinely, in my personal pursuit of "happyness".

Happy New Year

Peace & Blessings...


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Old 12-27-2007, 10:55 PM
 
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Wink Good Luck

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I am off for a "look/see" to LA on the 29th of December. I'll be there for 9 days. I understand where all the negativity comes from & yet I know myself to be very different than all the stereotypes & very worthy of the opportunity to rebuild my life in an area I feel is safe & nurturing of my future good health.

I am praying that landlords, property management companies & the like will be willing to lend me their ears for a few brief moments - along with an open heart & mind. I'm just the sort of person anyone would want in their neighborhood or in their own rental property. I want the opportunity to show that to prospective landlords while on this trip.

I cannot single-handedly change the stereotypes or negativity of those who don't want to deal with the potential problems associated with Section 8 tenants or the government that runs it. I can wholly agree that it needs to be overhauled & all the while absolutely grateful that I have "it" - as is - available to me right now.

I need just one person to give me the opportunity to prove myself a desirable tenant, neighbor, citizen - just one. I'm looking for that one. If you are him or her - please leave me a message. I'm looking to rebuild my life again - this is one big step towards renewed self-sufficiency.

Even if you don't like what you believe I represent or anything else - I hope that the majority of you are able to wish me well, genuinely, in my personal pursuit of "happyness".

Happy New Year

Peace & Blessings...


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I truly wish you the best of luck. Keep us posted!

Happy New Year to everyone too!
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:26 PM
 
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One of the problems with Section 8 housing (and private) in So Cal is sometimes problems with boom-boom music and partying all through the night. It's simply a cultural aspect of certain ethnic groups, they don't even understand why some people want it quiet at night.

If you need a lot of peace and quiet at night as I do, you should make sure to visit a prospective apt at night, especially on Fridays and Saturdays.

If you don't like Culver City (and I'm guessing you won't fall in love with it), save a few days to check out San Diego perhaps, and especially Central CA cities, which are smaller. I've only been to Santa Cruz but liked it a lot there, never could find housing though in my price range. Your Section 8 will change to reflect the fair market value of each different area.

It's not impossible that I'd end up living in LA myself soon, as I need a better climate than in this part of California, but it's more likely I'd prefer San Diego or Central Coastal CA .... I'd have to live out of my van for a while until I could save enough to get a place.

Most California cities have reasonable shopping somewhere, it's just a matter of finding it. Of course Walmart if you're on a budget.
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Old 12-27-2007, 11:38 PM
 
Location: East Coast Personality. West Coast Flaire. Planted in Minneapolis / “MN Niceland"
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What makes you think I won't like Culver City - I'm very curious?!?!?

I am very quiet & really really want the same in my neighbors - although I hate the pressure of some landlords that try to dictate the time you come & go from a property or if you have a schedule that varies from the "norm". I am an insomniac. I take my dog out at night - late sometimes. I am up until all hours - I am quiet & respectful - but still up & active.

I have LOUD children living above, below, & across the hall from me. I'd prefer to do without that noise and that which you've mentioned. I know that I want to move to the vicinity of Culver City, at least. I will be staying for 9 days in Marina Del Rey (although likely NEVER find anything for me there).

I'll just see what I can see. Faith, confidence, charisma, & a few good breaks can really make a difference! I BELIEVE!




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One of the problems with Section 8 housing (and private) in So Cal is sometimes problems with boom-boom music and partying all through the night. It's simply a cultural aspect of certain ethnic groups, they don't even understand why some people want it quiet at night.

If you need a lot of peace and quiet at night as I do, you should make sure to visit a prospective apt at night, especially on Fridays and Saturdays.

If you don't like Culver City (and I'm guessing you won't fall in love with it), save a few days to check out San Diego perhaps, and especially Central CA cities, which are smaller. I've only been to Santa Cruz but liked it a lot there, never could find housing though in my price range. Your Section 8 will change to reflect the fair market value of each different area.

It's not impossible that I'd end up living in LA myself soon, as I need a better climate than in this part of California, but it's more likely I'd prefer San Diego or Central Coastal CA .... I'd have to live out of my van for a while until I could save enough to get a place.

Most California cities have reasonable shopping somewhere, it's just a matter of finding it. Of course Walmart if you're on a budget.
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