Re: “Meth tests lead agency to evict” (TNT, 9-4).
As a six-year resident of Salishan in a Tacoma Housing Authority (THA) property, I was saddened by the story, complete with a picture of a forlorn-looking child and predictable comments about how could anyone treat children that way.
A more useful question to ask: Should THA continue to let meth users live in government-subsidized housing, poisoning their lives, their children’s and everyone around them?
I am familiar with four families who were evicted after positive meth tests; 13 of their children spent time at my home. They were often hungry, angry, lonely and tired, and school absences were followed by poor grades.
After the evictions, the moms had to step up. One mom went to treatment and is now working, two got clean and earned their GEDs, and one is going to computer training. One child and mom were homeless for two weeks – by far the longest of any.
Only one mom is still using; her children live with their grandmother and are safe and happy.
The THA is protecting the children and those families who want better. There are those of us who made some poor decisions and couldn’t provide as single parents; that doesn’t mean we should share our neighborhood with meth, subjected to all that goes along with that life.
There are instances where someone ends up in a contaminated unit. If you are clean and go through proper channels it will get resolved.
The bad guy is meth abuse, not the Tacoma Housing Authority.