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View Poll Results: Should low income seniors/disabled continue to get housing assistance
No, they should make sacrifices like everyone else. 4 7.02%
No, they shouldn't have got it in the 1st place. People depend too much on the government 10 17.54%
Yes, these are among the most vulnerable members of our society and deserve our help. 28 49.12%
Yes, but only if the program is overhauled to cut excess spending and prevent abuses of the program 17 29.82%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 57. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-27-2011, 03:22 PM
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Currently, low income seniors and low income disabled - those at or below the poverty level - can get housing assistance either through a housing voucher (section 8) or by qualifying for a small apartment in seniors/disabled only apartments administered by HUD.

With the Federal deficit what it is and in the current political climate, many in Congress want to eliminate these programs. This will make many older and/or disabled Americans homeless, and will actually make almost no difference in the amount of National debt.

Do you support these proposed cuts?
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:24 PM
 
Location: John & Ken-ville
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No I don't support cutting funding to assist the elderly and disabled.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:27 PM
 
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Well, this issue is sort of personal to me because my grandmother lived in a Section 8 apartment.

She was never eligible for SSI because she never worked due to having polio as a child, and well, generally, women born in 1909 didn't work much.

My grandfather worked but died right before his retirement age of 64. For three years my grandmother received survivors' benefits of some sort through my grandfather's union. After that expired, she lived off survivors benefits for social security. The section 8 voucher allowed her some semblence of independence. She was fortunate that she could have moved in with her children and we all welcomed her but she was adamant she didn't want to live on top of people. She was lucky in that she had a recourse but many seniors do not.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:30 PM
 
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Why no if your only talking low income seniors and disabled. Its only the able bodied folks that scam the system and drain these programs meant for the people you are talking about I would like to see cut off. PS howdy neighbor
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:31 PM
 
Location: California
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It's not a simple topic. Like ChristinaVA said her grandmother COULD have lived with family but DIDN'T WANT TO. While I completely understand that I do wonder how long the goverment can fund what we WANT as opposed to what we NEED. Not everyone has those options of course.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:32 PM
 
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Why no if your only talking low income seniors and disabled. Its only the able bodied folks that scam the system and drain these programs meant for the people you are talking about I would like to see cut off. PS howdy neighbor
I agree. I think most people want to help those that truly need it.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:35 PM
 
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Currently, low income seniors and low income disabled - those at or below the poverty level - can get housing assistance either through a housing voucher (section 8) or by qualifying for a small apartment in seniors/disabled only apartments administered by HUD.

With the Federal deficit what it is and in the current political climate, many in Congress want to eliminate these programs. This will make many older and/or disabled Americans homeless, and will actually make almost no difference in the amount of National debt.

Do you support these proposed cuts?
I've heard nothing of this. Please provide some info that congress is eliminating these programs.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Washington, DC
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I think section 8 should ONLY be available to the elderly and permanently disabled. Maintain funding for them, and cut it for everyone else.

I live in a neighborhood with 16 section 8 complexes. The only one that doesn't have intense criminal activity is the elderly/disabled complex. They don't help lift anyone out of poverty; they just perpetuate multi-generational poverty.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:37 PM
 
Location: South Carolina
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Currently, low income seniors and low income disabled - those at or below the poverty level - can get housing assistance either through a housing voucher (section 8) or by qualifying for a small apartment in seniors/disabled only apartments administered by HUD.

With the Federal deficit what it is and in the current political climate, many in Congress want to eliminate these programs. This will make many older and/or disabled Americans homeless, and will actually make almost no difference in the amount of National debt.

Do you support these proposed cuts?
Only to the ones that vote republican.
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Old 06-27-2011, 03:39 PM
 
Location: mancos
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That didnt take long
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