Section 8 loophole thwarts evacuees return to New Orleans- We Don't Want no Section 8s!
Two weeks ago in Houston, two Katrina evacuees hauled the final boxes out of their apartments. But even as their landlords prepared to change their locks, Gina Martin and Samantha Egana couldn't go home to New Orleans, because their Section 8 vouchers were stalled by the Houston Housing Authority.
Despite months of trying, neither could transfer the federal rental assistance back to their hometown.
In theory, Section 8 vouchers are "portable" -- transferable to anywhere in the United States. But many evacuees have had transfers denied or delayed because of a HUD loophole allowing local agencies to reject moves to "higher-rent" areas like New Orleans.
HANO caseworkers have warned Martin and Egana that they still face a month of waiting: two weeks for inspection and two weeks more for a Section 8 contract. At the least, everything should be ironed out before August, when Martin heads to Tulane University and her two children start at Delgado Community College.
See the 132 enraged comments from New Orleans. Most do not want the Section 8s back!
Many are outraged that these people are going to Tulane and Delgado, when they can hardly afford to send their own children there. Many commented on the many new vehicles parked just outside Section 8 houses in their neighborhoods.
Research has shown that Section 8s and crime often follow the same local patterns, and this is not unique to New Orleans. see The Atlantic.com