Neglected housing: Coming to an end at last?

  • Article by: LORA PABST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 4, 2009 - 11:42 PM

Residents in a low-income housing complex in Maple Grove are finally seeing some attention paid to their dilapidated units. Why has it taken so long?

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zinovyAug. 4, 0911:01 PM

Let's see. You have tax payers pay for your housing. You don't take care of your living spaces and then you complain that someone else isn't paying for it to be fixed. If you don't like your housing situation, you're welcome to get a good job and pay for your own housing. Maybe you'd take care of your property if you actually had to work to pay for it? Your sense of entitlement is astounding.

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taxesAug. 4, 0911:29 PM

When I last did a tax return for a client that had sec 8 housing I noticed that there was an unusually large amount of maintenance work that was done on the units. The work involved new screens, new windows, new interior doors and repairing holes in the walls. These are items that are not normally found on a maintence schedule or at least to the extent that it is found in a sec 8 unit. My conclusion is that the tenants act like they've been raised by a pack of wolves.

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teresainmnAug. 5, 0912:24 AM

I am of two minds on this. Many people do take advantage of section 8 housing, and then trash it, but for others, it is essential to their remaining independent. We have an person in our extended family who is disabled and lives in section 8 housing in another Minnesota city. Being able to have the subsidized housing has made it easier for her to live independently with occasional health checks by visiting nurses. She follows all the rules and is thankful to be able to live on her own. It's not always black and white on these issues, just like in any situation, some clients are good, some not so good. The repairs that need doing in this complex are a result of neglect by the landlord, not by the tenants. So put the blame where it is due in this instance, please.

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nichole1957Aug. 5, 09 1:25 AM

The tenants trash it and then expect someone else to fix it.

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tedsterAug. 5, 09 5:31 AM

Maple Grove needs to have more housing for low-income families, in the form of apartments, townhomes, single family homes. Your surrounding suburbs do, so Maple Grove it's your turn to step up to the plate and carry your fair share.

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ampelmannAug. 5, 09 6:19 AM

First, it's clear from the story that the needed repairs had nothing to do with tenant behavior and everything to do with deferred maintenance and poor response by the property owner. Yep, for sure many folks on the housing dole have no respect for property in general, but not all are like that, in this particular case it's clear the tenants did not cause the maintenance problems described in the article. Second, regarding the developer's reasons for not taking the $750k grant to fix up the complex, and the possibility that they are refusing to accept it because they'd have to agree to keep it affordable through 2023 instead of 2013 under the current agreement... all I can say is, "Well, Duh!"

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zoey123Aug. 5, 09 7:37 AM

If you have to put the blame on anything here put on the management company, CHEAP! some of the residents there are a problem and others are truly in need,this place has been falling apart for years, the city should take control and delete the issue, TEAR IT DOWN! I know first hand i used to work for this company.

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wunderdudeAug. 5, 09 7:54 AM

When Congress gets done ruining our nation, we'll all be living in Section 8 housing.

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zinovyAug. 5, 09 8:20 AM

Yes...Not everybody in Section 8 trashes their living spaces...and yes...there are unethical slumlords. But for anybody that wants a good picture of what section 8 folks behave like, you should stop by the Hennepin County Welfare Office and tell me what that place looks like at the end of the day. Garbage and food all over the place, the bathrooms unusable, etc. I believe in a safety net, but I also believe in higher expectations for behavior and it gets pretty tiring hearing those folks complain about things that are "given" to them. You don't like you're living conditions, we live in America, you are free to move.

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patrick845wAug. 5, 09 8:36 AM

Section 8 is a good program. totally voluntary from both ends. Nobody forced this management company to accept section 8 tenants, they did it for the money. If they choose not to hold the bad tenants to high standards it too is their own fault. As far as eighteen months to install a wheelchair ramp, Doug Head and Nationwide, you should be ashamed. Pat Walker

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