J.K.Logic Wrote: If we shift our focus away from subsidies and welfare and instead empower anyone that is willing and able to work the ability to make enough from their jobs alone, so that they simply do not need to be reliant on said programs, I think that would be better for everyone, across the board. Better for the workers and better for the economy.
I reside in the East Bay area of California. I have noticed that not many landlords accept Section 8 or ( for that matter) ANY Subsidized Housing.
And though landlords cite a multitude of reasons...I think what would help improve the percentage of landord participation tremendously, would be if HUD and other Voucher / Certificate issuing entities conducted regular forums in their communities; and offered landlords a percentage of repair costs to units that the landlord could prove was the caused by a Ssubsidized housing participant upon their move out. Housing entities should offer the landlord a percentage of court costs, should the landlord have valid grounds to evict a subsidized housing recipient. Things as simple as these would show a good-neighbor / good faith effort on the part of housing agencies. Things this simple would reinforce the integrity and intent of housing agencies, as well as hold the recipient [not landlord] accountable for what they're receiving from the government or housing entity. It would more importantly show the landlords that housing agencies aren't the 'opportunists' that they are thought to be. The landlord has to feel as though things such as what I have mentioned are in place to help them recover loss and even compensate them for their inconvieniences. In addition, there should be other monitoring guidelines and sanctions designed to aid the landlord, and keep the recipient from just moving on to another property to reek the same havoc. Such regular forums to keep landlords informed would increase landlord participation by at least 71 percent. Please feel free to let me know what you think would be a good landlord recruiting effort, that the housing authorities could offer.