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?!?!?