Why is this? 1. Organizations that help the poor and 2. government programs that exist to help the poor, and 3. politicians who want to be seen doing "something" about the problem, see that subsidized housing suits THEIR goals, not those of the poor, or the taxpayers. Affordable housing is a great political cause. The issue is emotional and the solutions seem complicated, even though they are simple, efficient and obvious - if - decicion-makers and so-called experts were not defiantly and intentionally blind to the facts.
Section 8 Housing Vouchers are almost universally preferred to public housing by those receiving housing assistance. As housing costs increase, vouchers must keep pace. Vouchers allow recipients to live in the homes and neighborhoods they want and what they deem is best for them. Vouchers are the least expensive housing option so limited resources can serve more people. They do not stigmatize recipients because they live in private housing units, and the private property pays taxes and competes for clients.
All publicly funded housing is more expensive than Section 8 Vouchers by varying amounts, publicly built housing projects being the worst. It does however, keep a lot of people employed at taxpayer expense, and allows government to decide where and how people will live.
So along comes another MAX line, and with it the development Metro and local jurisdictions want. (Remember light rail is more for the developers than the transit riders because a flexible BRT system would do just as well.). And now authorities are squawking about gentrification which is what they wanted all along, otherwise why do all the station
Look around. Who is benefiting folks? If government was serious about halting (or slowing) gentrification, urban renewal would be limited to areas of true blight or banned altogether. Government creates a problem and makes more problems trying to fix the first!
Officials aim to halt gentrification along future Southwest rail line
But poll finds affordable housing levy unlikely to pass in Washington County portion of the transit corridor
Although Washington County is more affluent than Multnomah County, it also has a severe affordable housing problem. The supply of publicly subsidized apartments is so limited, the most recent project to be completed, the second phase of the Orchards at Orenco, was full before it opened.
"Housing is a determinent factor in life outcomes. It make for better employees and healthier people. Subsidized housing is the absolute key," Sims said.
Treece said the goal of last month's focus on housing is to develop a series of specific policy recommendations the WEA can endorse and pursue. Ideas under consideration include preserving land for future affordable housing projects before costs increase any further. Helping condominium developers overcome the insurance problems that have slowed construction in recent years also is being discussed.
Light rail is all about money. Those who have money, get a voice. Developers, contractors and suppliers get a voice.
Citizens and residents? Nobody cares, or wants, our opinion. We are to shut up and pay our taxes, and let government do as they please because they have all the answers. We have to live with the consequences.
You build the line, and you sell it to the people as bringing in business and improving the neighborhood. You sell the line as a way to save the environment. Then you get your panties in a bunch that people with $$ move to the area, businesses open up because the access to the line means passing customers. In the day this was called urban renewal, improving a blighted area, now its gentrification. If you don't want the improvements quit building light rail