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Obama Wants to Limit Housing Benefits

by Keith Koffler on May 7, 2013, 6:03 pm

Yeah, you read that right. Obama. President Obama.

The Wall Street Journal dug up a bright shiny nugget in Obama’s budget that seeks to roll back a little Socialism.

Alinsky must be turning over in his grave. My star student. What are you doing?

From the piece:

Deep in the president’s new budget is a plan that could transform public housing in the nation by allowing housing authorities to increasingly set time limits or work requirements for participants.

Currently, government housing benefits are generally open ended. Unlike welfare—which has a five-year limit—federal housing programs allow low-income Americans to receive rent vouchers or live in government complexes for decades.

The result is that people endure long waits to qualify for the program and sometimes celebrate almost like lottery winners when they get the word. In New York City, the average person stays in public housing for 20.7 years.

But President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2014 budget calls for “substantial expansion” of a 1996 demonstration project that allows select housing authorities to set restrictions on residents, or try other strategies to promote self-sufficiency. Only 39 housing authorities out of 3,200 nationally have this power currently. Congressional approval was required for each one . . .

While roughly half of subsidized-housing recipients are seniors or disabled, who are exempt from new time limits, younger, healthier people also stay for years.

Kudos, Mr. President! Thanks for playing. You might like this kind of thing once you get used to it. If you’re serious about helping the middle class, then allowing them to stop paying for 20 years of subsidized housing for able bodied New Yorkers is a great place to start.

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Mandy Manners May 7, 2013 at 6:23 pm

They’re gonna’ take away his homie-hood.

srdem65 May 7, 2013 at 6:34 pm

President Obama’s budget, another exercise in wasting time, energy, and paper brought to us by the WhiteHouse.
He doesn’t know what’s in it, has never turned a single page, and knows that it doesn’t have a fair chance that anyone in Congress will read it either.

The reduction in the leasing time of Section8 housing is interesting, and if it was implemented the taxpayers would save about a rounding error in our national debt.

Rod May 7, 2013 at 6:36 pm

It’s probably just Obama’s token offering to “work with Republicans” on deficit reduction that doesn’t involve raising taxes…

mo1 May 7, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Why is it you only want to kick out able bodies New Yorkers from public housing? What about able bodied Californians? Virginians?

gracepmc May 7, 2013 at 6:52 pm

able bodied illegal immigrants.

Sadie May 7, 2013 at 7:42 pm

The fine print below. NIMBY politicians are never gonna let it happen.

“…allows *select* housing authorities to set restrictions on residents”

lc southern May 7, 2013 at 8:14 pm

A small start but it is a start.

Susan May 7, 2013 at 8:45 pm

It isn’t going to matter now that Social Security Disability Insurance appear to be taking the place of welfare benefits. Almost 11 million people on SSDI now, and they are exempt from the time limits. Even if this measure does see the light of day, which it won’t, most everyone will be exempt from it.

Morten May 7, 2013 at 9:43 pm

All I know is that the housing programs around here have resulted in lower housing prices and much more riff-raff moving in. Section 8. Exactly as planned.

jerry May 8, 2013 at 8:02 am

This is what the low information crowd voted for when they re-elected him…

And this is their reward.