• Lydia D. York

    First of all, who did they bump off the wait list to “choose” the fifty families? That wasn’t fair to those who were already waiting, and could be perceived as discriminatory in nature. Second: Yes, though this is a good idea, it’s not rocket science. Why do people expect great rewards and accolades for doing the right, decent and responsible thing? It’s common sense, and at the end of the day – so what? You helped 50 families; What about the millions of others who are left out in the street waiting and wondering when someone will notice and help THEM?! Sorry, I just can’t be impressed….

  • AffHsgOnline

    Housing authorities are given the latitude (by HUD) to establish specific priorities for the Housing Choice Voucher program in their jurisdiction. These priorities are established and administered through a public process and a document called the Section 8 Administrative Plan. Given the problems seen in the school district, I can see why the Tacoma Housing Authority felt this program should be made a priority. Housing assistance should not necessarily go to the next person on the list, but to the next most needy person on the list. That is actually the fairest way to administer it.

    Second, I don’t think anyone with THA or the BOE are looking for awards. The article was simply highlighting a demonstration program that shows promise. It sounds like to me their hearts are in the right place and an improvement in the lives of these families is reward enough.

    Lastly, the purpose of a demonstration is to take a small amount of funding with a small group and test out an idea to see if it is a better way of doing things. Once it’s demonstrated that it works, it can be perfected and administered on a larger scale to help those millions you speak of.

    The real message here to consider is how closely adequate housing is tied to school performance. What is tied to higher school performance? Dozens of social problems could be solved if we can increase school performance. Most of the time, we only measure the return on investment in housing programs with the number of people served. We should be measuring how much tax money we save today and 20 years from now when those kids who were provided with a more secure home today don’t require Federal assistance tomorrow. That’s the real story here.