Is Low Income Housing Gone For Good?

My is answer is yes.

Low income housing is taking a hit on the Coast……many of the units that were destroyed by Katrina are being rebuilt and will be more like Section 8 that the traditional low income housing.

I would expect the housing to change….why?…the state ignores the low income person.  To them they are a group that has no champion…therefore it is about profit not people.

I watched a local housing authority go from an organization of 15 maintenance people to about 5 on the Coast.  That number sadly hinders the quality of the work and repairs.

The people suffer, but it is NOT a maintenance man’s fault they can only do what management allows them to do.  I mean I am talking about a management team that did not want homes to have flowers growing.  The only thing that stopped the plant massacre was the intervention of one Trent Lott.

The housing authority went about planting many, many trees some of which were dead and the contractor was not forced to replace the dead ones.  Just a minor waste of money, but you can see where I am going with this.

To save money, the authority uses contractors instead of in-house people…..but I ask if it really saves money?  At one point the authority had very capable electricians, plumbers, carpenters and such.  And as normal for Mississippi they were paid a lot less than the going job market…..but yet these people have since gone and replaced with low bidder contractors, that have to make return visit after return visit to make good their screw ups.  Does that save money?

Still looks like the residents are not that important, saving money and giving management their raises are.


Hopeless And Homeless

The present economic situation is hitting all parts of the country hard, even the “Redneck Riviera”.  Increased numbers of homeless are hitting the streets on the Coast and one local paper wants to call them the “New Homeless”, that is those that were homeowners under foreclosure, long-time renters, workers with a track record of job stability.

Those that are facing such a choice are also facing the societal thing….the stereotyping, the depression, and of course, those that are labeled as druggies and winos by others.  We read the stories and say, “dang it is bad and those poor poeple”, but then turn our backs on them the first chance we get.  We try to make them as invisible as possible because their very presence signals us that all is not good with this system and will let us know that we could quite possibly be next.

There has been an estimate of 1600 homeless living on the streets of South Mississippi and only one, yes ONE, homeless shelter in the six most southern counties of the state and that is in Jackson county and the most homeless are said to be in Harrison.  Good planning huh?

And this problem could get even bigger by May 1st when government assistance for housing for Katrina victims ends.  The numbers of the homeless could possibly grow.

And then there are the elected officials that seem to spend all their time worrying about who smokes or patting some a/hole on the back for something or changing road signs, but not once did I see a bill that would help the growing homeless population.  If it was there it was buried deep in one of their creepy worded bills.  Like always the politicians will spend all their time massaging business’  genitals and when it comes to REAL problems they just stick their heads in the Gulf sands and pray it will go away.

Foreclosures Come To Mississippi

Even Mississippi is not immune to the  problems of the economic crisis.

The number of Mississippi households threatened with losing their homes through foreclosure is up.

That’s according to RealtyTrac, a national firm that lists foreclosed properties.

In February, 294 Mississippi households received at least one foreclosure-related notice, up from 275 in January and 148 in February 2008

The number of homes actually taken back by the lender jumped to 121 in February from 32 in January and 55 in February 2008.

The figures come despite halts on new foreclosures by several major lenders in advance of President Barack Obama’s plan to stem the foreclosure crisis, which was launched last week.