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Why won't people rent to people on section 8,unless it is a bad neighborhood?

I have 8 children,and I am on section 8.I am clean,and responsible,and my husband is employed.People on section 8 are judged!!!!!Not everybody is the same.Some people ruin it for others.Give someone a chance.
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Ashley
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This is so true!! Some people make it so hard for others. This is the exact reason why I push myself everyday to strive for better. I'm two semesters away from my master's. My goal is to get off all government assistance b/c I am so limited and I deserve the best and so do you. I have a set of triplets and a 7 year old. The triplets were unexpected so I knew that I had to get help, but never did I put anyone down or make them feel bad about them having to. I kind of feel sorry for some of the people that commented on here negatively about your situation. It's sad, but one thing I do know is that God watches everything and who better to make you humble yourself than him. You reap what you sew, so maybe one day they will be put in a situation were they will need your advice......Take care and good luck!!!
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I like your comment. Good luck to you Ashley. You will make it. When I had my daughter I applied for section 8 and was not qualified for making too much money. Although I was still barely making it. I am married with three children and don't know where to start to get on section 8 housing. I, too, am in school. I am studying to become a teacher and I plan to go on to get my Ph.D in education. I know that I have to work a little harder just to get somewhere because of from where I come.

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I am so disappointed in some of the responses to the first person with 8 kids.

Yes, you should control how many children you have but here is the thing are we really here on this earth to judge or is that God's will?

Unless you have been in this persons shoes you have no room to talk. And it does not matter how many children you have or do not have to be on assistance the fact is they need help maybe it is only for a little time and maybe it is a little longer.

I, myself had to get on assistance I now have four kids and am #@!& proud of them and my kids have been raised with respect for themselves and others. I have not been on assistance in a very long time and I have lived in both worlds: without money with assistance and with money and no assistance.

So please do not judge people. Yes, some take advantage of the help that has been given to them but look in your own house because it has to do with how your child has been raised. I thank my parents each and every day on how they have raised me although they are no longer on this earth their teachings have been handed down to my kids to try to help make this world a better place.

Too many people want to point the finger at others without looking in their own back yard so to speak.

Yes, there are people who work their butts off to get to what they have today and to only have SOME not ALL take advantage of that but instead of crying about it, why not take that person to the side and help them - help them to see that there is more out there for them than just to sit on assistance. Help them to see that they do not need to be controlled by the government and that they can fight back and make something out of themselves and for their families.

So instead of being a hyprocrite (sorry, if misspelled but you get my point) and help others and stop ALL the judging. That is what God is supose to do not US.

God Bless you ALL!!!

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I have seen this before from a Landlord's point of view and what little I saw there were a couple issues that arose for the landlord that they weren't happy having to deal with by accepting the Section 8 tenant:
1. The gov't would only pay what they felt the property was worth, which was typically below what the asking rental price was. Most landlords want to make a profit for a home they are renting or might have a high monthly mortgage and dont want to accept a lower amount for their property. It is also illegal for the tenant to pay any additional funds on top of the Section 8 funds, so that is not a solution to that problem.
2. When renting to the govt the landlord may have to do additional work to the home because the standards for the govt are different (and the cost for this would have to come out of the landlords pocket) Example: they might have to make their property handicap accessible, install hand rails in showers or tubs (which will also put additional holes in walls or tile) among other things before the house can be approved by the city to be qualified to accept Section 8 funding.
3. Although a deposit is made for the property when the tenant moves in to cover any damages upon their lease ending and they leave, it can still be very difficult if not impossible for the landlord to get any additional funds to cover the cost of damages that exceed the original deposit amount. It is much easier to sue someone not on Section 8 for additional damage cost than to sue the govt for that money or sue someone on Section 8 who doesn't have money to pay.
These are legitimate concerns for a homeowner/landlord that have nothing to do with simply thinking that Section 8 recipients are trashy, low-lifes, lazy, irresponsible or anything else in between. I hope some of this helps!
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...Also not to mention that if a tenant loses their Section 8 funding while they are still in the middle of a lease and the tenant is not willing to immediately vacate the property if they can't afford it themselves, well now the landlord has to go through the courts to evict the tenant. Not only is that costly and time consuming but the landlord will lose money having to cover the mortgage while the tenant is still occupying the property. Regardless if the landlord later sues the tenant they will likely never recoop any of that money because the former tenant probably will never have the money to pay.

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The reason Section 8 housing is in "bad" neighborhoods is because the landlord still has to make a profit and those areas are cheaper to own so they can offer them at a lower rent.

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I am offended from some of the responses to this question. I am a former Section 8 tenant. The last home I had was not in the "hood". I'm actually still residing in that same home, but am no longer on rental assistance. For the people who want to judge and be prejudice may God bless you, because your letting ignorance get the best of you. I have 3 children of my own and custody of another. I have worked since I was 14 years old, so have been paying taxes my whole life, and the reason I pay taxes is for the government to pay us Americans back. Yes, you will have dirty tenants and people living there not on the lease, but that can be someone paying full rent as well. Just because someone is making less, doesn't make them trash. And if you are a landlord, instead of hurrying and renting your property out why don't you actually check that person's reference and past rental history to see what kind of tenant they are, instead of rushing to put money in your pocket and then want to be mad when you rented your space out to someone who has trashed all their other places. Why have someone fill out an application, if your not going to follow up and make sure this is someone that you would want to rent to. I do research when looking for a place to stay, so maybe you should do homework on the people your renting to, but then your dumbass want to be mad when you have holes in your wall and roaches, when all you had to do was call the previous landlord... smh... people and all their prejudice really makes me sick. You tell recipients of gov't asst. to get a job, well guess what, most of everyone I know, other than the ones that are disabled do have jobs and work hard for their money. So before you pass judgement, you should bite your tongue because you never know when the shoe may end up on the other foot and people like me have to pay for you. When your down, do you really need someone kicking you? No, I think not.

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I was a 20 year old single mom when my mother passed and I had to go on my own. I moved into a section 8 apt and paid about $300/month (in 1980). After 6 months I got a raise and was forced to break my lease because the rent went way up. I was told that I'd have to pay until the apt was rented plus lose my deposit. A couple months later I got my deposit back with a letter stating "in 30 years of managing section 8 apts, I've never seen one so clean". I was shocked-not because I got the deposit back, but because the apt was "So clean". Heck, I simply cleaned it. I think there are a several types of section 8 folks...those that worked hard and need a hand and appreciate it, and those that never worked and paid for anything and have no appreciation of anything because they've never earned it. Can't imagine being healthy and sitting on my butt (or back) all day and expect everyone else to work for you though. And speaking from experience-ladies, get on birth control. Always.

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My husband ( who is disabled) and I are on S8. We are not letting this stop us, we are both enrolled in college (mind you he is 55 and I am 44). We have worked all our lives but now that the kids are older and out of the house we want to improve our lives. We plan on graduating in 2 more yrs and hope to buy our own house in approx 3 yrs. We have a plan to get off S8 and I believe that it should be a part of all S8 households. A plan to work towards to get off assistance. We are excited to be able to better our life and to be able to work hard and show your never too old.

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Please visit our page to find out more information about searching for Section 8 rentals on HotPads!

http://hotpads.com/search/section-8-housing

Unfortunately though, we are unable to identify every home offering Section 8 as such on our site because many landlords, agents and listing sources do not provide us with those details when they are creating or syndicating their listings to us and so you may also find http://www.gosection8.com/ to be helpful in your search since they specialize in section 8 housing.

Please also feel free to inquire on individual listings that to do not specifically state they offer Section 8 by clicking on the 'contact' button. Just input your contact information and inquire about whether or not they offer Section 8. Once your inquiry has been sent, the property owner or manager will be able to respond accordingly.

I hope that helps and thank for using HotPads as your place to find a place!

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