How tight has government assistance become for low income Americans? So tight that a chance to get onto a waiting list for 100 housing vouchers turned into a “stampede” as 5000 in Dallas vied for just 100 spots. Waiting all night in line used to be for concert tickets and sporting events, but in Texas, that was what many did in order to obtain even a small shot at receiving a voucher that could assist their families with unaffordable rental costs.
The Dallas News reports that once the 5000 were told to start a line for the vouchers, “a frantic rush ensued — the latest sign of people’s desperation for help in tough times. There were no serious injuries, but video footage of the chaos received national attention.”
Despite the scrum to get one of the 100 waiting list spots, there is still no guarantee any who showed up will get help anytime soon. The paper states that, “This was the first time Dallas County had opened its waiting list since 2006, and applicants may have to wait at least two years to actually receive vouchers.”
Rental assistance is at a premium all over the country as housing costs have risen out of control. Yet, at the same time, there are thousands of homeowners willing to turn over properties but who are too far underwater to ever be approved to sell, and tens of thousands of other houses sitting empty due to foreclosure.
Empty houses, and people desperate for places to live that are affordable. How can no one come up with a solution to put the two together?
(Via Think Progress)
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