Yes, that’s right. After reading today’s Daily Times article, my opinion is Upper Darby’s “Weed and Seed” innovative community revitalization program will not work unless Section 8 housing is totally banned. Section 8 housing first was started by Mayor “Sonny” Kane, back in the late seventies. In a nut shell, the local pols allowed section 8 housing in exchange for some major money. They quickly filled their coffers, and then built a railroad bridge across Market St.
My old neighborhood, Stonehurst, quickly became ground zero. People fled in droves, and certain people bought up those homes as investment properties. You see, the federal government guarantees the home owner rent money regardless of the ability of the renter to pay. So the “section eighter” could just lie around, collect welfare, and spit out another kid every nine months, at your expense.
I lived next to one of these women in 1992.”Alice”, not her real name, was an anorexic blonde who knew how to play the system. She would have her 3 kids (all under 4) run around in dirty diapers and clothes, while she did her drugs and entertained multiple men on a daily basis. The only thing that put an end to her was a raid by the Media Drug Task Force. She went to jail, the kids put in foster homes, and the property owner rented to a renter who paid full price.
In the times article, Mayor F.Raymond Shay cited the 1,100 Section 8 homes he called “problems” in the sector that would be addressed with the funding from Weed and Seed.
“they get run down,” Shay said. “We try to get them cleaned up — picking up trash — it’s an environment that breeds crime,” noting the township already has a Property and Maintenance Task Force in the targeted zones. Well Mayor, do one better. Picking up these peoples trash won’t solve the problem. Ban section eight housing altogether. You’ll see a big difference in the Township.