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1000+ Line Up For Public Housing In AL

From Alabama’s Birmingham News:

Thousands line up in Birmingham for Section 8 housing applications

Linda Stelter/Birmingham News

June 09, 2009

More than 1,000 people line up Tuesday morning at the Smithfield public housing office on Eighth Avenue West in Birmingham, the line snaking around the block to apply for Section 8 housing.

The line for Section 8 housing applications stretched this mornng more than three blocks from the door of the Smithfield public housing office in Birmingham, Alabama, as hundreds showed up for the program’s first open enrollment of 2009.

Birmingham Public Housing officials said they are expecting 8,000 people to pick up applications today in Smithfield, Southtown and North Birmingham Homes public housing communities. Applications also are available on-line.

Last year, the authority handed out 4,000 applications during open enrollment, said Sandra Collier-McQueen, leasing manager for the Birmingham Housing Authority. The numbers are up because of the downturn in the economy, she said.

Jacqueline Riggs, who currently lives in Kimbrough Homes in southwest Birmingham, was one of the first in line at midnight Tuesday. "I just need the help," she said.

Section 8 provides rental subsidies in homes or apartments for families that meet a variety of income requirements.

Police officers were on hand at all three locations where applications were being distributed.

The traffic flow resembled the days when Alabama football games brought thousands to the area at Legion Field. Cars were lined along the streets around Eighth Avenue North. Cars pulled up and allowed passengers to get out.

Applications will be handed out until 4 p.m. today. The housing authority will accept the first 2,500 applications it receives.

Several in line at Smithfield had already prepared their mailing envelopes and were going to complete them immediately and go straight to the post office to place them in mail.

Cars have already lined up at the main branch of the post office downtown as people fill out the applications before dropping them in mail.

Alas, we suspect Mr. Obama’s policies are working exactly as planned.

By the way, if there was a Republican President in the White House, do you think this would only be getting coverage from the local media?

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, June 9th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

32 Responses to “1000+ Line Up For Public Housing In AL”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    I’m sure the trip comes with a complementary medicaid and welfare application. No ID check necessary.

    There goes the neighborhood.

  2. Howard Roark says:

    During Reagan’s terms, we had to constantly hear about the homeless numbers that were portrayed as a direct result of Reaganomics. The same yellow journalists today practically break their necks to avoid associating the housing lines, suicides, broken families, and self-destruction going on right under their nose with Obamanomics.

    How I wish we could storm their buildings and hold our forms of “social justice” against their propaganda.

  3. Liberals Demise says:

    I had to look closely …….. what I thought were whites were in fact latinos.
    Figures that they are the new face of “We be owed” in Alabama!!

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      And if the nominee, Sotahater, happens to be confirmed .. those latinos may just get moved up to the head of dat line!

  4. catie says:

    I had the misfortune to live in a high rise in Tampa, FL, while in college that had about 1/3 of the residents as Section 8. While the rest of us folks were paying full freight, these losers, yes I called them losers because that is what they are, had their kids running around the halls, all day and weekend nights, their baby’s daddy’s over all the time and they just generally sat around on their balconies eating mac and cheese, smoking and drinking beer. I broke my lease after 4 months, got an attorney as they were trying to sue me for the remaining 8 months on my lease and got out of there. They did not inform the residents that this was a section 8 place. I didn’t realize it because when I got the apartment it was around 9 or so on a weekday morning and it was very quiet.
    Yeah, they’re owed nothing and we all would like “help”, Ms. Riggs. Get your a$$ to the employment office and get a J O B. LOSERS. We better wake up people because these individuals are getting the fruits of our labors.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:


      The problem is more endemic than that. The problem starts way back in their generational history. By that I mean, in order for them to have a job that supports them and all their kids, they need a decent wage. For a decent wage job, you have to have job skills. For job skills, it stands to reason you must have passed some sort of educational challenge’ Be it high school, a trade school or even on-the-job training.

      For the people who have Section 8 housing, largely, they fall into that societal gap where they are taken care of just enough to have their mindset skewed to needing a certain amount of support, thus when it comes crunch time, they need a bigger welfare check and without an employable skill, they naturally become burdens on taxpayers, thus ticking the rest of us off.

      Though I don’t think they are generally happy about their situation, I also doubt they would take advantage of job training courses (offered for free), or anything that would give them a leg up.

      Laziness begets more laziness and thanks, in great part to uncle sugar that loves to both administer section 8 housing while at the same time social workers feeling empowered by “helping society” all sets up a ridiculous paradigm of “how things ought to work” in the collective mindset of both section 8 occupants and administrators.

      In other words, it’s a world that feeds on itself.

      Though I have no doubt of the need for some sort of public assistance in some regard, I am sick of seeing it become a life-long routine.

  5. Petronius says:

    “Thousands line up in Birmingham for Section 8 . . . .”

    Rollin’, rollin’, rollin’,
    Keep them doggies rollin’,
    Keep them do-o-o-ggies roooolllliiiiiinnnn, rawhiiiii-i-i-i-i-i-iiiiidddeee. Yeah! (whip snap)

  6. VMAN says:

    I was watching a show the other day, Mythbusters I think, and they were on a closed military base with literally hundreds of empty houses. Why do I say that? I don’t really know. The feds own millions of acres all over the country so maybe we could give these people 5 acres and a mule. Maybe these people could move in with the Indians on a reservation. That sovereign country and they hate the USA. Well I do ramble on.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      VMAN .. excellent idea. These folks want free housing .. all those bases that got shut down and/or are empty .. the NEW FREE HOUSING!!!

      They can put ’em all there. They can help fix ’em up .. clean ’em up .. maintain ’em .. whatever they gotta do; but there it is. Their FREE HOUSING.

      Then to collect on their FREE HEALTH CARE, give ’em a pass to go to the nearest military base and get FREE HEALTH CARE. We’ve paid for those places already and are paying routinely for the doctors and staffing .. plus it’ll give them more o.j.t..

      Anywhere else .. they pay! Just like everybody else.

    • catie says:

      MN Rush-please do not suggest that they send these individuals to the nearest military bases. Some of us have to use those bases and it’s bad enough as it is to get an appt. We have to deal with enough garbage, we don’t need more garbage there. BTW we do pay for our health care on Tricare. Either you pay monthly on Tricare prime or you have a deductible and pay 20% on plain old Tricare. You may have paid for a place where I lived when I lived on post but so didn’t I. I worked out in the civilian community and unless my husband is in a war zone he pays it too.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Sorry, Catie .. hope I didn’t upset you or your lunch. :-)

      I’m actually from a military family (Dad was 23 year Navy) and a vet myself; so, am by nature, very sensitive to all that stuff, too. Our military and their families sacrifice and put up with much as is, so I’d NEVER suggest adding any “unpleasantries” to their plate.

      I’m a very firm believer that we should take care of our service men and women in an exemplory manner. Low, to no cost housing for active duty personnel and their families .. the BEST health care possible (again at low or no cost) .. etc, etc..

      Forgive me if any offense was caused; it certainly wasn’t intended.

      God Bless you and your family for your service and sacrifices!!!

    • Colonel1961 says:

      VMAN: I’m a fan of a settlement. Grab a large chunk of some under-utilized state (won’t name one, as not to offend) and bus all the needy folks to the designated area and say ‘Good luck! The hammers, nails, and some lumber are right over there. And there’s clean water and plenty of fish in the stream. Oh, and do your ‘business’ downstream.’ It would be amazing how proficient and self-sufficient (sounds like Jesse Jackson!) these folks would become.

      I’m just sayin’…

    • neocon mom says:

      Colonel, your idea reminds me of something. Of course generations have been living on farms that were part of the westward expansion “land grabs” in the heartland.
      There was a front page story in the student-run (read lefty) newspaper in our fair city about how a family had been kicked out of their public housing. Were they some hard-luck story, people striving for a better tomorrow, hoping to one day move out of public housing? Not exactly, there was at least one member of the older generation who had been born and raised in that house! And since it was falling apart, they had to move out (people take real good care of free housing, don’t they?)
      This is their “land-grab”, some of ’em anyway. Just like those settlers, they’re lining up to find a spot where their children and grandchildren will grow up.

    • catie says:

      MN Rush, I guess I’m a bit on edge. I have to go up to Walter Reed today (I hate driving there) to see the cardiologist for a newly discovered problem before I go on vacation tomorrow, I hope (since they knocked themselves out to get me in there asap) so I guess I took it the wrong way. It’s just that I hear neighbors all the time whining about how the military gets this “great, free health care & these wonderful houses to live in, ie: why you buying in my neighborhood”.
      No offense taken. Have a great hump day.

    • MinnesotaRush says:

      Good luck and Godspeed with your appointment, Catie!

      Have a terrific vacation!

  7. bobbys says:

    I worked weekends for years to buy rentals then worked on them while my own house needed work so strangers could live better then me, Now if i sell im gonna get nailed with capital gains tax from BHO who got in from these peoples votes..
    Im having a hard time feeling sorry for anyone anymore.

  8. beautyofreason says:

    Nothing says equality like ensuring that minorities will fall into a trap of perceived victim hood and consigned to quotas, substandard testing and welfare on the government dole for the rest of their lives. Thanks, Democratic party.

    No other political party is so intent on continuing past inequities by grouping people into special interest groups based on race / gender / ethnicity, as opposed to individual achievement.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Neo Slavery is alive and thriving in the liberals camp.

    • Consilience says:

      LD, You are spot on; this is slavery by the soft tyranny of little or no education/skill coupled with leftist do-gooders who had rather accommodate their dependence than educate/train for a productive and satisfying life. These people exist to vote for democrats and hedonism and that is very sad on both counts for all concerned.

  9. Yarddog1 says:

    I grew up in Birmingham and am no stranger to that area of town. The blight on the area started many years ago, exponentially increasing with the addition of handouts beginning with the “great society”. Needless to say the entire area became a welfare slum. Our “leadership” has created a monster through the years. By encouraging non-productiveness we now have many generations of individuals who have no idea what self sufficiency and responsibility is, and who know nothing more than living off “uncle sugar”. Rather than enforce requirements of some type of positive behavior for assistance (like work of some kind), our “gubmint” has rewarded negative behavior, psychologically conditioning these types to rely on others for their existence. The problem is that there is no way to reverse the trend without anarchy. Try taking “benefits” away from this class and they will be in your neighborhoods taking what you have by force and violence.

    • JohnMG says:

      …..”they will be in your neighborhoods taking what you have by force and violence…..”

      Bring it on. I’m ready–and more than a little bit determined.

    • Yarddog1 says:

      JohnMg – Don’t get me wrong – I too am ready and a bit “fed up” being forced to take care of these “gimme yo money”, sit on their ass and wait for someone else to cater to them hoardes. My patience has worn through – not thin – through. We are forced at the point of a gun by our “gubmint” to pay for these jerks and their worthless ilk. I say if someone won’t do for themselves let them starve. Sure, there are people who need help. But, there is a particular class that just won’t try. Until “uncle sugar” stops handing out mine and your money to them and starts imposing responsibility nothing will change.

  10. jrmcdonald says:

    The question to ask is ‘Where do these folks live now?’ The answer will be some other government payed for place that these folks ran into the ground.

    • BannedbytheTaliban says:

      In Philly they have concrete sec. 8 housing that they have to rebuild every two years or so. The scum they move into these homes tear out the doors and windows. Sell the appliances for drug money. And somehow put holes in a cinderblock wall. People have no respect or pride in having things that are given to them.

      Stop giving lease parasites anything. I know it sounds evil, but let them sink or swim. In a few generations the ones who can make it will become productive and self-sufficient, and those who can’t or won’t, good riddance.

  11. BigOil says:

    Now I understand why they prefer to be called progressives instead of liberals. We have progressed from standing in line for a free block of cheese under Carter to standing in line for free housing under Carter version 2.0.

  12. 12 Gauge Rage says:

    Shouldn’t that be ‘regressed’, not progressed?

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      12 G,

      The opposite of “pro” is “con” thus it follows that the opposite of progress is congress.

      (With hat tip to Mr Sam Clemens)

  13. neocon mom says:

    Steve, I remember during the Bush administration when a Brit newspaper took a stock photo of homeless people queued up in some urban area and claimed that America was in deep economic distress and that a new Great Depression was afoot, (citing food stamp applications or some similar statistic) back when unemployment was around 5% and the DJ around or over 12,000.

  14. Reality Bytes says:

    When my Dad called me a “Section 8” it meant I was being an idiot. Gee, I didn’t know it came with door prizes.

  15. MinnesotaRush says:

    Somebody should let ’em know they’re sellin’ “ready to move in” trailers for $5 or less. They’ll be needing more trailers. Better not say anything.

    • Reality Bytes says:

      Shovel Ready Definition: All the Bull Shit That’s Coming Out of the Oval Office.

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