Tom Durkin: Thanks for covering issues with housing vouchers |

Tom Durkin: Thanks for covering issues with housing vouchers

Thank you, John Orona, for your excellent exposé of Housing Choice vouchers (aka Section 8) in The Union.

When I had a voucher, not only would landlords flatly refuse to rent to me, but my then-current landlord raised my rent, forcing me to move out (after three years of on-time rent and no problems).

It’s going to take more than a name change to fix Section 8’s. A Housing Choice voucher requires an insane amount of work and humiliation for a very low chance of success. Making it “illegal” to discriminate against Section 8 vouchers is not going to help much.

The program needs to be redesigned to give landlords an incentive to rent to people with Housing Choice vouchers.

Tom Durkin

Grass Valley

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