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H.U.D. – Horrifically & Unbelievably Dissipative

Years ago, my grandfather put a two bedroom, single bath mobile home next to the barn. It has air conditioning, a working fireplace, stove, oven, refrigerator, free water and free trash, a large yard and is nestled underneath six large oak trees. It was his desire to offer this domicile to folks who were down on their luck, strapped for cash, on a fixed income or simply needed a place to get their feet back under themselves. Over the years we’ve had individuals, young and retired couples live in the home for a few months at a time and as long as 11 years. Many people have been able to catch back up and move ahead. It has also served as a benefit to have someone living in the barnyard to keep potential deviants away.

Since my wife and I have taken over, we have continued to honor my grandfathers wishes. A retired couple was in the home, until the husband required more immediate medical attention. We then had a newly married couple live in the home, have a daughter and they have now been able to afford a bigger home. This brings us to the past week….

A single mother with two young children need a place to live. We were more than happy to offer her the home. She is using HUD to assist her for her rent. We filled out the paperwork, on which we put the monthly rent down…$350 per month.

A couple of days later I received a call from the potential renter and was informed that HUD had a problem with the rent and would not cover her rent unless it was changed. “No problem,” I told her. “What do we need to drop it down to?”

Here is the part that I am glad I was sitting down for….

“No,” she said. “You need to raise it to at least $475 per month. It does not cost enough.”

You read that correctly… IT DOES NOT COST ENOUGH for H.U.D to cover….

I found this difficult to believe and so I called the H.U.D office myself and checked with the case worker. It was not a mistake and the lady I spoke to could not understand why I was questioning it.

The Federal Government is broke.

The State Government is broke.

A low-income family, finds an affordable place to live, away from undesirable elements in town and it does not cost enough for H.U.D. to pay for it???

I do not get it….

What in the world has happened to COMMON SENSE?!?!?

  1. Zach
    June 5, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    It’s a pretty safe bet that Common Sense has never had a permanent address in any house of government, and surely not in the bureaucracies they create.

  2. zweberfarms
    June 6, 2011 at 5:57 AM

    CRAZY!! Is there some magic about the $475? It makes as much sense as NRCS saying they will cost share to help us build water lines and fences for our pastures then demand that we have to spend at least $400,000 for the project, even though their plans don’t make sense.

  3. June 6, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Well, that goes along with moth everything else our government is doing these days. Unbelievable! I am beginning to think that the goal of government is to take over all aspects of our life, sort of like in Wall-E, where we just become blobs and don’t question anything that is put in front of us. How sad that our Democracy is being reduced to this level!

  4. June 8, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    Wow – that is crazy!! One would think they would want to save a little money!

  5. June 10, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    That is fantastic thing your family does for folks. I personally can’t fix our govt system, but I can thank you for helping humanity one family at a time.

    • commonsenseagriculture
      June 12, 2011 at 10:00 PM

      Thank you Elizabeth. It is our pleasure. In a rural area such as where we live, we try to look out for one another. 🙂

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