When I was growing up just north of Detroit, nearly all my friends lived in Section 8 housing. It wasn't great, but without the assistance they probably would've been on the streets or would've had a full family crammed into a one-bedroom apartment.
If a mile-long line of people show up to get vouchers for assisted housing, well maybe we need more assisted housing? It's not like there's a shortage of empty houses in this country right now. But of course that would require compassion for our fellow man and would undoubtedly require money, two things the Congress isn't willing to part with right now.
5,000 Poor Dallas Residents Stampede Each Other In Race For Scarce Housing Vouchers | ThinkProgress
Thursday morning, 5,000 Dallas residents in need of housing assistance showed up at the Jesse Owens Memorial complex early in the morning, hoping to be one of the lucky few to get a coveted spot on a waiting list for housing vouchers. Only 100 vouchers were available.
Some people had camped out since Wednesday night, and the line was at least a mile long. When hundreds of people suddenly sprinted for the doors, at least eight people were injured, and some say they feel lucky not to have been trampled to death:
When, at 6 a.m., officials said it was time to form a line, 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.
“Once they said we could go on the property, it was a stampede, a circus,” said Adelia Frierson, a 24-year-old single mother applying for the federally funded assistance.
Zachary Thompson, the county’s director of health and human services, said the turnout once again demonstrates the need for the Housing Choice Vouchers, also known as Section 8. By the end of the day, about 5,000 households had applied. [...]