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62 Injured In Section 8 Housing Scramble

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:


Housing crisis reaches full boil in East Point; 62 injured

By Craig Schneider and Tammy Joyner
Thursday, August 12, 2010

Thirty thousand people turned out in East Point on Wednesday seeking applications for government-subsidized housing, and their confusion and frustration, combined with the summer heat, led to a chaotic mob scene that left 62 people injured.

At the Tri-Cities Plaza Shopping Center, emergency vehicles passed each other, transporting 20 people to hospitals. Medical and police command posts were set up on scene. East Point police wore riot gear. Officers from four other agencies supported them. Yet no arrests were made.

Thank goodness.

All of this resulted from people attempting to obtain Section 8 housing applications and, against long odds, later securing vouchers for affordable residences. Some waited in line for two days for the applications.

It is yet another testimony to the indomitable human spirit.

Renee Gray, a single mother holding her one-year-old daughter, Marion, came looking for a housing break and nearly got trampled, forcing her to run from the crowd and into the street.

"It could have been better organized," said Gray, a customer service employee

Offering applications for the first time since 2002, East Point Housing Authority officials had triple the crowd they anticipated, and one that was three-fourths of the 40,000 population of the south Fulton city. Things got out of hand when people started cutting into lines and authorities attempted to move groups to different areas…

Felecia McGhee, who came in search of her own Section 8 assistance, saw two small children trampled when people rushed the building that held the applications. When a group of people who had been waiting hours in a line were told to move to another line, people started pushing, shoving and cursing, witnesses said.

People collapsed in the heat. Emergency personnel drove up in a pickup truck and handed out bottled water. People were carried off on stretchers. A baby went into a seizure and was taken to a hospital

Wednesday’s deluge of people seeking low-income vouchers in East Point demonstrated just how desperate the need for affordable housing has become in metro Atlanta, officials said. Some 15,000 Georgians currently are accommodated with Section 8 housing, with thousands more on waiting lists. Housing openings have been difficult to find anywhere, including rural areas…

At the same time the recession has pushed many middle-class families out of their homes, the closure of several large public housing projects — Grady, Bowen and Capital Homes — during the last decade has left many lower-income families with few housing options as well, elevating vouchers to something akin to lottery winnings.

We wonder why these housing projects were closed? Were they too dangerous? Or were their occupants tricked into buying houses?

The demand has overwhelmed many municipalities and public entities that administer the Section 8 programs.

A check of the 16 metro Atlanta housing authorities that administer Section 8 programs found the overwhelming majority had closed their waiting lists. In one instance, the waiting list at Marietta Housing Authority has been closed since September 2008…

When the crowd thinned out at the Tri-Cities Plaza Shopping Center, the parking lot was a sprawling mess of discarded water bottles, crushed soda cans and cigarette packs.

What a racist thing to mention. But notice that it is only ‘the poor’ who can afford cigarettes these days.

At an ensuing news conference, East Point officials tried to describe the day as a success, an assessment that was roundly challenged by those who had witnessed or been involved in the unruly scene.

Kim Lemish, East Point Housing Authority executive director, said the Section 8 housing applications were made available by the city for the first time in eight years because a waiting list had been depleted.

Huh? Does that mean their waiting list had been reduced? Why?

There was concern a similar overcrowded scene could occur Thursday morning when East Point began accepting the completed applications.

No one, however, was lining up at the housing authority in advance, by design. Late Wednesday, police had barricaded the housing authority and erected signs that declared "no loitering."

Fortunately, the local police have arranged a system where these poor people can drop off their applications today without having to leave their air-conditioned cars.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, August 12th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

14 Responses to “62 Injured In Section 8 Housing Scramble”

  1. oldpuppydixie says:

    If officials wish to prevent rioting, criminality and thuggery the next time around they should offer housing assistance ONLY to those NOT on welfare!!! The crowd would probably number about 4! Come to think of it, such an intense desire to confiscate money from those who actually WORK for it…these people are eminently qualified for elected office!

    • proreason says:

      “these people are eminently qualified for elected office!”

      for sure.

      For proof, see the Black Caucus.

  2. Petronius says:

    Movin’, movin’, movin’,
    Though they’re disapprovin’,
    Keep them dogies movin’, rawhide.
    Don’t try to understand ’em,
    Just rope an’ throw an’ brand ’em.
    Soon we’ll be living high and wide.

    Move ’em out, head ’em up,
    Head ’em up, move ’em on.
    Move ’em out, head ’em up:
    Rawhide! (whip snap!)
    Cut ’em out, ride ’em in,
    Ride ’em in, cut ’em out,
    Cut ’em out, ride ’em in:
    Rawhide! (whip snap!)

    Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’.
    Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’.
    Keep them dogies rollin-n-n’, rawhiii-i-i-i-i-iide.
    Hah! (whip snap!)

  3. jobeth says:

    ” …the parking lot was a sprawling mess of discarded water bottles, crushed soda cans and cigarette packs. “

    That HAS to a typo. This must be the mess the Tea Party Mob left.

    Certainly these unfortunate people weren’t capable of such dispicable behavior. No…that must have been those tea partiers. They are known for their unruly behavior.

    That’s documented…in every MSM source.

  4. Right of the People says:

    I’ve got an idea on how to eliminate further problems, make it like a Texas Death Match. Have 6 to 10 at a time go into a room and one who walks out gets the housing. Do it enough times and you can reduce the welfare ranks considerably.

  5. NoNeoCommies says:

    It is amazing how much effort they are willing to exert to get what they want.
    If only that energy can be steered into actual work.

  6. bobbys says:

    The GOV once gave me a block of their crappy Cheese and since then vowed to never take anything again.

    Now im sure there are people with real troubles and i feel sorry for them its just every handout takes a bit of ones soul…

    Strange my renters and all these people can vote to raise my property taxes without any “skin in the game”.

    • jobeth says:

      Didn’t we start out with only landowners being allowed to vote?

      Not a bad idea at all. Like you said, they should have skin in the game. Tax takers shouldn’t have the right to vote for more payoffs from the government. And that’s all it is. They are being paid for their votes…as are illegal aliens.

      Another thing they should be required to do is to pass a test showing they actually know the workings of the government and who the people are in government and what they stand for…so they are not being voted for or against because of ….skin color or a sexy face.

      But as we know…they who have no idea who the VP is or what the office holders stand for get the same vote as we do.

      I’d like to restrict their votes to American Idol. They know plenty about that.

  7. pamypo says:

    Where were the white people? Oh! working to pay for this crap.

  8. Mithrandir says:

    Are these the same people who killed a guy in a stampede at Wal*Mart a few years ago? SHEESH!

    Let me get this straight:

    -Medical and police command posts
    -East Point police wore riot gear.
    -Officers from four other agencies supported them.
    -Things got out of hand when people started cutting into lines…
    -A woman nearly got trampled.
    -…people started pushing, shoving and cursing, witnesses said.
    -A baby went into a seizure
    -the parking lot was a sprawling mess of discarded water bottles, crushed soda cans and cigarette packs.

    AND THE QUOTE OF THE DAY IS:
    “It could have been better organized,”

    COME ON BLACK PEOPLE! WHEN ARE YOU GOING TO TAKE SOME RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELVES!

    My g*d man…….Maxine Waters, Charlie Rangle, et. al……PATHETIC~!

    • jobeth says:

      And the icing on the cake in that land of Oz was not only were the police in riot gear…but other officers were pressed into passing out applications!

      What the heck is wrong with that picture?

      I’m expecting to hear anytime now, that the police were sweeping the parking lot and taking out the (non-human) trash!!!

  9. Liberals Demise says:

    “People collapsed in the heat. Emergency personnel drove up in a pickup truck and handed out bottled water. People were carried off on stretchers. A baby went into a seizure and was taken to a hospital…”

    “It could have been better organized,” said Gray, a customer service employee… ”

    I foresee this as a picture of how Obamao Care will be dispensed.
    Get ready for the real Gubbamint Stink Cheese.


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