In Chicago, poor people receiving Section 8 housing vouchers are being encouraged to move into nicer neighborhoods and apartments that are beyond the reach of many middle class taxpayers, sparking an interesting public controversy.
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In Chicago, poor people receiving Section 8 housing vouchers are being encouraged to move into nicer neighborhoods and apartments that are beyond the reach of many middle class taxpayers, sparking an interesting public controversy. NPR’s Chicago affiliate WBEZ has publicized the situation, but of course the thrust of the story is victimology – a black would be tenant who has been turned down from luxury apartment buildings and has filed a complaint with the Chicago Housing Authority. From the WBEZ report, by Natalie Moore:

Tiara is a African-American mother of two small children who longed for a better Chicago public school for her six-year-old son.

Last year, Tiara decided to move out of Bronzeville and began searching for apartments in the pricey River North area.

But when she mentioned she had a housing choice voucher, or Section 8, landlords told Tiara they wouldn’t take her voucher. A few places said “yes” over the phone. So she’d arrive on time, with a paycheck stub and a rental deposit. But no matter — Tiara says those places rejected her too.

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