Affordable Housing. Dakota W. Edwards

My topic is affordable housing in the United States.

Affordable housing is “Affordable housing is housing deemed affordable to those with a median household income as rated by country, State (province), region or municipality by a recognized Housing Affordability Index. ... Housing choice is a response to an extremely complex set of economic, social, and psychological impulses.”

Affordable housing is not just for people who live in “section 8” housing. Some people think of section 8 living is just for the poor people and criminals. But most of them are not, they are just people who can't afford to live in a nice neighborhood like some of us.

I chose this specific topic because I really would like to buy a house someday, even if it's just me living in it or if i'm with someone by that time. In my honest opinion it really doesn't bother me if someone cares or not, because there is always gonna be people that are gonna judge you even if you think it's a good decision or not.

The way I feel about this topic on Affordable Housing is Unfair, the way people have to live because they can't bring in a decent sized check, they have to stoop down to low income houses and pretty much are stuck there because they think that it's “comfortable” how others would feel about this topic is, is that they think that the people that live in section 8 housing or people that live in low income houses are poor or broke, or just above all aren't going anywhere in life it's sad to think that. The importance of this topic is to let people see the real struggle people have to go through when they live in these low income houses, such as people disrespecting them because they don't make enough money in order to move into nice neighborhoods.

BY ALICIA OSTRIKER

To tell the truth, those brick Housing Authority buildings For whose loveliness no soul had planned, Like random dominoes stood, worn out and facing each other, Creating the enclosure that was our home. Long basement corridors connected one house to another And had a special smell, from old bicycles and baby carriages In the storage rooms. The elevators Were used by kissing teenagers. The playground—iron swingchains, fences, iron monkey bars, Iron seesaw handles, doubtless now rusted— Left a strong iron smell on my hands and in the autumn air And rang with cries. To me it is even precious Where they chased the local Mongoloid, yelling “Stupid Joey! Stupid Joey!” Now I’ve said everything nice I can about this.

The Tragic Condition of the Statue of Liberty

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BY BERNADETTE MAYER

A collaboration with Emma Lazarus

Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!Give me your gentrification of the Lower East Side including all the well-heeled young Europeans who’ll take apartments without leases Give me your landlords, give me your cooperators Give me the guys who sell the food and the computers to the public schools in District One Give me the IRS-FBI-CIA men who don’t take election day off Give me the certain members of the school board & give me the district superintendent Give me all the greedy members of both american & foreign capitalist religious sects Give me the parents of the punk people Give me the guy who puts those stickers in the Rice Krispies Give me the doctor who thinks his time is more valuable than mine and my daughter’s & the time of all the other non-doctors in this world Give me the mayor, his mansion, and the president & his white house Give me the cops who laugh and sneer at meetings where they demonstrate the new uses of mace and robots instead of the old murder against people who are being evicted Give me the landlord’s sleazy lawyers and the deal-making judges in housing court & give me the landlord’s arsonist Give me the known & unknown big important rich guys who now bank on our quaint neighborhood Give me, forgive me, the writers who have already or want to write bestsellers in this country Together we will go to restore Ellis Island, ravaged for years by wind, weather and vandals I was surprised and saddened when I heard that the Statue of Liberty was in such a serious state of disrepair & I want to help This is the most generous contribution I can afford.

1)Happiness grows at our front doorstep in the garden.

2)where the birds sing their sweet music through the trees.

3)"I do not understand how anyone can live without one small place of enchantment to turn to."

- Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

4)the pond in front of my house is filled with ducks and geese

5) I also hear the frogs sing their songs late at night when everything is as quiet as can be.

6)it is a place you can search for, because it already is in your possession.

7)It is a place called….Home.

8)"Home, the spot of earth supremely blest,

A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest."

- Robert Montgomery

9)"I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself."

- Maya Angelou

10)"Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;

Home-keeping hearts are happiest."

- Henry W. Longfellow, 1807 - 1882

11)"Happiness grows at our own firesides,

and is not to be picked in strangers' gardens."

- Douglas Jerrold

12)"His native home deep imaged in his soul."

- Homer, The Odyssey

13)"You leave home to seek your fortune and, when you get it, you go home and share it with your family."

- Anita Baker

14)"A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams."

- Author Unknown

15)the love and care of the family members you have in your home are a blessing as well.

16)"Nature is not a place to visit, it is home."

- Gary Snyder

17) you have been blessed with having nature around you for when you rest your head at night.

18)"Never be the only one, except, possibly, in your own home."

- Alice Walker

19)there will be disagreements in your home and people will leave your home forever.

20)But that will forever be your home…..

The Affordable housing crisis is in an epidemic as of right now, because people are not able to afford or keep up with their payment for the housing they are currently living in as of right now.a few ways that I could be able to help out is maybe persuade people to go to college to give them a surviving chance to at least land a comfortable paying job, to an extent to where they are able to afford the house they are living in and maybe they can start saving up to get out of section 8 housing or wherever they are living.

Good ways a community can help out is building affordable houses in areas that people who don't make enough money are able to afford the houses they are able to build them. And in doing so I think the community of oroville will be very pleased with the results of building affordable houses so that the people that have the money to live in them are living in them and not have to deal with the drama and such things like that because they were living in section 8 housing or something that didn't apply to them.

Things that the government can focus on are 1) giving people that don't make enough money to at least be able to afford their houses money, i'm saying give them a decent sized check so they can have money to at least live decently, and in doing so you give people some hope of moving out to start saving for the houses that i may want to be able to buy another way the government can help out is actually lowering the cost of houses to that people that live on the section 8 can have a goal to look forward to and be happy about it. And in doing so they are able to afford a house they may want on the future.

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Ekhaya - an affordable informal housing solution: Johnny Anderton at TEDxCapeTown

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3 years ago

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Johnny works to develop and disseminate simple, cost-effective ideas to improve the lives of those living in informal settlements.

Ted talks about the crisis about how people have to foreclose their homes and such things like that.

He also talks about the heart shed when people can't afford the homes they wanted to buy so they then just end up moving to section 8 housing or going back to where they originally from or since they don't have enough money they have to stay with their relatives.

In one of the things he was talking about he said that the families that want to buy a house these days that they are just too expensive to live on.

Ted mentioned more income coming into the house you would want to purchase because that's the real reason that people forclosure their homes because there's not enough money coming in to pay for the house.

He also mentions moving where you currently at, such as california being an expensive state and is hard to live in.

All in all ted makes a good point and is what you wanna hear when he talks about affordable housing.

houses like this one above is what your parents would maybe want some day but can't afford it due to the amount of how much it costs.

This house to the left is a house I someday wish to own.

Homes that you and the rest of your family can all live in are special things to have in life. But not too many people get to enjoy such things like this.

Section 8 is a place you hope you don't get to live in because there is some kids around your age that have to live there due to the lack of income their parents are bringing in.

Money seems to be a very big key issue because like i've said due to the lack of low income or even no income there is a high possibility that you won't be getting that house.

Parents and even some adults living alone may take out loans for their houses but are unable to make the payments on them so the bank ends up taking their house which wasn't even their house to begin with.

But if everything ends up working out in the end all bills are paid and you and your family or whoever it may be, you have succeeded in accomplishing something that many people have struggles with.

The picture above shows the house size with a family living there, as the years progress people are getting more for their money.
houses like this one above is what your parents would maybe want some day but can't afford it due to the amount of how much it costs.
This house to the left is a house I someday wish to own.
Homes that you and the rest of your family can all live in are special things to have in life. But not too many people get to enjoy such things like this.
Section 8 is a place you hope you don't get to live in because there is some kids around your age that have to live there due to the lack of income their parents are bringing in.
Money seems to be a very big key issue because like i've said due to the lack of low income or even no income there is a high possibility that you won't be getting that house.
Parents and even some adults living alone may take out loans for their houses but are unable to make the payments on them so the bank ends up taking their house which wasn't even their house to begin with.
But if everything ends up working out in the end all bills are paid and you and your family or whoever it may be, you have succeeded in accomplishing something that many people have struggles with.

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