31 October 2003
Tote that barge! Post that bail!
About two million residents of subsidized public housing are going to be put to work sort of. The Department of Housing and Urban Development has implemented a rule enacted in 2002 which requires many residents to contribute eight hours a month to community service projects and/or self-sufficiency programs.
Not everyone in public housing is affected; the elderly and the disabled are exempt, as are persons already working 30 hours or more per week.
And not everyone is enthusiastic about the requirement, either:
"I live my life just like everybody else, you know?" said Regina Morgan, a resident of public housing and mother of four. "The fact that you are tying it into my lease, that is inhumane."
To which Ravenwood replies:
Boo hoo hoo. Imagine having to work a mind-boggling 8 hours per month for taxpayer subsidized housing. How inhumane!
I'm surprised she hasn't thought of suing HUD on the grounds that raising four children takes at least 30 hours a week. Finding a lawyer looking to kick-start his 15 minutes of fame by arguing this case would probably be no more difficult than finding beer bottles behind a frat house.