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HOUSING: New rules don’t seem realistic

Letter by Colin Guthrie, Puyallup on July 1, 2013 at 11:34 am with No Comments »
July 1, 2013 2:32 pm

Re: “Housing vouchers no longer for a lifetime” (TNT, 6-30).

I am skeptical of the Tacoma Housing Authority’s new rules that assume people who are on the program will be self-sufficient in a five-year period. I have my doubts that the availability of jobs these people qualify for will automatically make them self-sufficient.

The typical job a low-income person gets is a minimum-wage position that is not always full time and pay enough to cover all expenses. Others, such as a parent with a child with a disability, may make the decision not to work because the specialized care that child requires is not easy to access.

I think there will have to have more issues addressed to make this work as planned.

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