Is the federal government making more cuts that will affect our very own neighborhoods? Will perfectly capable areas begging to expand continue to be shut out? Unfortunately, the federal housing and urban development programs sector has a long history of scandal and playing favorites, leading some very deserved areas missing out on the expansion they desperately want, need, and are ready for.
What the government doesn’t realize, or doesn’t care to see, is the affect this has on the children. Neighborhoods could flourish, schools could be built, and jobs can be created. Kids can join programs, classes and spend time outside with their friends shooting baskets with their new ball, playing catch with their new mitt, or doing tricks with their new shoes for skateboarding. It’s sad to see a department we’ve come to rely on be in such disarray. This department in general has created many more problems than they have been able to solve, and many are calling for them to disband or start from scratch.
In the late 20th century, the new thinking was to make cement play areas and create huge apartment like high rises for inner city folks to habitat. Problem was once they were built, there was no plan for maintenance and they fell apart just as quickly as they were built, largely due to poor building materials and crime. It was a massive failure and taxpayers continue to fork over nearly $10 billion on public housing subsidies, which makes no sense. These subsidies should cease and the housing projects that are up now and doing no good should be permanently knocked down.
All subsidies do is make people comfortable and not out looking for jobs or improving themselves. People become dependent on the government and stifle production. Ending these subsidies would save taxpayers over $10 billion a year and that money can be used for many other worthy projects, especially in a time of large budget deficits.
There are also housing finance programs that are used to help homeowners buy their first home, even when they don’t have the available funds to do so. These people get in too deep and are unable to afford these homes within a year, flooding the market with bank owned foreclosures. With this housing finance programs that are supposed to help people, eliminating them would keep people from getting in on homes they can’t afford.
Rental units should be built in place of homes so people can rent based on the money they’ve budgeted. Unable to pay the full amount of rent this month? Then move into a more rent-friendly area. Around these rental units should be parks and trails so people can frequent them on their bikes or running. Bike shops can be erected and stores that sell running shoes can flourish. Doctors offices and medical facilities can appear to take care of illnesses or any unwanted outcome from spending time outdoors. Skate shops should be open to people who want to rent skates and enjoy time outside in their exciting skate shoes.
The Housing and Urban Development program has done very little for the country up to this point. The biggest problem is greed – people who are put in charge of these programs have very little morals and are always out to make a buck. They don’t give a flying crap about what’s best for the people that desperately need these areas. Contracts are given to companies that will offer a kickback. The company hired does a poor job of building the structures, are late, and way over budget. Then in a few years these structures are in poor shape because no one has maintained them. If there is one thing that all homes need is proper maintenance. This is largely overlooked in all aspects of business and real estate. There should be divisions with leaders who are solely in charge of maintaining structures put up. Until then, places like this will suffer. The HUD program will continue to remain under scrutiny until something is done to fix the poor choices that are being made regularly.