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the cost of living is relative,
the cost is high for those who work, the cost is low for those who don't.
section 8 recipients live in far better places than the average person that works to pay their bills can afford.
while I do work on remodeling some of the section 8 housing,
the conditions are regulated by the housing authority, but the working person has no one regulating the conditions for them.
I had a property owner who had me trim the trees away from the house he preferred to get section 8 tenants because he didn't need to chase the rent,
the inspectors would write up unsafe conditions because there weren't enough trash cans provided by the property owner,
the working person who pays their own way has to provide their own trash cans,
the inspectors wrote up the unsafe conditions on the grease on the stove that the tenants would build up and not clean themselves, so the owner would have to get a cleaning company to clean it up.
the carpet was frayed in a corner, got wrote up,
but the owner would just raise the rent and section 8 would pay it.
then when the rent goes up in a section 8 housing, the rent also goes up for the working individuals as well,
one place was renting for $1,750.00 a month for a recipient who claimed she was a recovering drug addict, suffering from her depression and anxiety.
recovering until she let her dope dealer use her car to commit a robbery,
then her recovery destination was in Florida.
Set here for a long time to think about how much I love my country and hate my government! Worthless bastards one and all!
Instead I would add CT and RI and probably Mass. Those first two especially are tiny, and there are relatively few places left that aren't bought up, so as to avoid the high cost of living.
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