April 16, 2016 8:04 pm ET
McDonough calls for rally to fight Section 8; public support is needed
At the meeting of the Greater Dundalk Alliance held on April 6, 2016, one of the main topics of discussion was the onslaught of Section 8 housing and the disproportionate number of vouchers located in the Dundalk and Essex Districts.
Carolyn Jones, the longtime president of the community group, brought up the issue at her meeting. Mrs. Jones provided a page of statistical data that was quite shocking in the various councilmatic districts impacted by problems associated with Section 8.
But I will get to that in a moment.
Meanwhile, Delegate Pat McDonough—who is also running for Congress in an effort to take the post now held by Dutch Rupersberger—is calling attention to the following information in his newsletter:
Advocates for the expansion of Section 8 or the Housing Choice Voucher are holding a Rally on Monday April 18th at the County Council Meeting in Towson. IT’S TIME TO FIGHT BACK SHOW UP AND VOICE YOUR OPINION to the County Council
Demonstrate that we have had enough Section 8 housing and it’s time to protect our quality of life and the values of our homes.
The impact on Section 8 can be significant, especially if the numbers are overwhelming in a particular area—like they are in councilmatic districts 6 and 7.
The council member for District 7 is Todd Crandell, and Councilwoman Cathy Bevins represents District 6.
Here is a recent headline/article from an ABC station in Tampa, FL:
Section 8 housing: Destroying home values and driving up rental prices?
The well-respected Wall Street Journal reports on the impact of Section 8 and crime in its report, “Raising Hell in Subsidized Housing” (link follows):
Section 8 rental subsidies have long helped ruin neighborhoods. Obama administration policies are making things worse.
Back in the days of my police career, I often had to interact with the crime analysis unit for data.
On one particular visit to that unit, I noticed someone working on a map using an overlay. I asked what the project was, and I was told that the unit was correlating crime and Section 8.
The map showed increased crime in every area where Section 8 was prevalent.
Speaking of prevalent, let’s take a look at a number provide by the GDA.
In the 6th and 7th Districts, which encompass Dundalk and Essex, there are 1,189 units of Section 8 housing. Compare that to White Marsh, which has 1 unit, and Woodlawn, which has 0, and you can see the problem.
Speculators are overwhelming our housing market because the prices are so low; to that end, they can buy 3 or more homes, rehab them (and that is a stretch), and rent them out under the Section 8 program. It’s a great deal for the “modern land barons” because of the guaranteed income provided by the Federal Government.
And, of course, you know who foots that bill—the taxpayers like you and me.
I overheard a conversation in the food store the other night between two speculators who were discussing the very same issue.
Meanwhile, Delegate McDonough is calling for voters to attend the council session on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 5:30 pm. All are welcome to voice concerns at the session.
Delegate McDonough is also concerned about vacant houses and the blight they cause, as illustrated by this comment from a former Towson community leader:
Mr. Van Dommelen:
Thank you for the prompt reply. I am sorry for the confusion regarding the address. I brought this to David’s attention after I realized I gave Paula the wrong address. We both thought that it looked as though, based on her response, Latashia had gone to the right house anyway.
In any case, I am pleased a citation was issued, but am confused as to why the owner was not cited for the boarded up back door. As I said in my previous email, I recall a time when the county used to cite properties for boarded doors and windows. If this is allowed to continue, it will (and already is) result in excessive blight, and is unfair to nearby property owners. Why was this owner not cited for this violation?
I noticed the owner, Joseph Monaghan has changed his mailing address on the property record to 1012 Kenilworth, since he obviously does not wish to be found. It used to be an out-of-state address. He is clearly not living at this address so I doubt highly that he will even see the citation, let alone comply with it. I really hope the county is prepared to be firm in assessing all fines allowed under the law, since if allowed to continue, citizens like myself and my neighbors will continue to suffer declining property values as a result.
A photo of the house is shown above. This surely will impact any prospective buyers if they view a neighborhood with boarded-up homes like this.
Not a good sign, folks.
From the other side of the county, I received this message:
“Hello! I almost forgot XXX wanted me to contact you. My neighbor rents out rooms and as you can see the house is in bad shape. He passed rental inspection years ago, I have no idea how. Code enforcement has been contacted many times but nothing came of it. I’ve given up. The house is at XXX Frederick Rd 21228. I’d be happy to give you any additional info that I have, thank you.”
There is also a photo of this house shown above and is still in the same condition.
This situation happend months ago.
On top of that, regarding the blog I wrote the other day on the roach infestation, there was no word from Councilman Todd Crandell, his office, or anyone from the county. In fact, I have heard of no offers to help the well-respected senior citizen with her problem.
Baltimore County just lost a major lawsuit, and the Federal Government is forcing the county to spend $30 million on building 1,000 homes for low income African-American families.
In the meantime, our voices can be heard on April 18, and your attendance may just allow you the opportunity to save the value of your major investment and not worry about the problem that comes with Section 8.
One thing for sure is that Dutch has no worries, especially since he lives in a gated community.
As for Code Enforcement, those in a position of authority should be held accountable.
If anyone thinks otherwise, there are a lot of rats you might want to speak with about the matter…