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Your Questions About Low Income Housing Projects

May 11, 2013

Lisa asks…

Can my Landlord evict me for having my sister visit me frequently?

My sister lives a block away and comes over about 5 times a week. She has stayed the night about 4 times this whole year. I am the single parent of a 6 year old boy and sometimes she helps babysit him while I go shopping or have to work. Recently my Landlord sent me a warning letter to Evict me because he says she lives here which she does not. This is the third time he has threatend to evict me for having visitors. My first notice came just two weeks after moving in. My ex husband helped me move my things into my new place and I recieved the notice warning me because they said I moved him in. Is there anything I can do or and I in the wrong? By the way I live in low income housing. I do not do drugs, I do not hang around bad people and I have never been in trouble with the Law or had them called to my home. I do not know why my landlord is doing this to me all the time.
@ Ranger_C
I do not understand why you find it amusing that I do not hang out with Druggies or criminals just because I live in a project. Just because I live here does not mean that I associate with the people that live here. I keep to myself and I have never been in trouble, Im college educated and I do not do drugs , I do not party. I am just a single mom who got a divorce and needed a place to live. Sorry if you think everyone who lives in project housing is a low life. As for the other responses , yes I have read my lease and Im allowed to have someone stay over for 14 nights during the year. My Landlord told me that he is allowed to assume if someone is staying the night or not, I do not think that is legal but I would have no proof that she isnt, just both our words. And yes I will be moving within the next 3 months but I will be complaining to fair housing in the mean time……

Administrator answers:

Read your lease carefully. What does it say about visitors and having people spend the night. They will have to obey the lease and the tenant land lord laws of your state unless you have agreed to something different.

I find it amusing that you live in a project and don’t think you are hanging around druggies and bad people.

Joseph asks…

What is the difference between the projects and the ghetto?

I know they used to call it the projects or something in my mom’s day.

Administrator answers:

The projects generally are considered a complex of low income housing apartments. They tend to be clustered together either in large tenement buildings, or 1 to 2 story buildings.

A ghetto can be a multiple of streets and/or a large neighborhood that is considered to be dangerous or unkept. A ghetto can consist of single family homes as well as rental property. It is often considered to include families who are low income as well.

Michael asks…

My ex has moved to a bad neighborhood. I’m unhappy with my son starting Kindergarden and living in that area?

I typically see my son every other week and I pay child support but I want to change things so my son doesn’t spend his early childhood in the projects/low income housing community where the schools are very bad. What are the realistic options for a father to get physical custody for his son. Also, how does the state determine where the child goes to school? I’m trying to figure out what is a good starting point for having my son with me.
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Administrator answers:

Have you considered bird nest custody?

Http://squidoo.com/BirdNestCustody

Your starting point will be whether you have any rights to see the child? Paying child support does not grant you any presumed rights. Have you received court ordered access rights. If you are willing to do the work, Dads House can teach you what to do.

Http://dads-house.org/EducationalManual

http://divpat.org/PDF/ChildrenOfAmerica.pdf

http://Dads-House.org

http://dadshouseedctr.qhub.com/

http://www.YouTube.com/DadsHouseEdCtr

http://www.crckids.org/

For 22 years, I have volunteered my time working with divorced/single fathers dealing in family law issues, such as child support, teaching them about what the states are not telling support obligors.
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Sharon asks…

How much per year does it cost to keep an elementary school running?

This is for a project… if you could include the cost of high schools and middle schools that’d be great as well. I just need to know the basic cost. Thank you!

Administrator answers:

It takes a lot..lol.

It involves a lot as well—you have to think about per student spending, the cost of hiring and paying teachers and support staff as well as providing them health insurance and other benefits, textbooks, school buses, lunch programs, school programs (like athletics), building maintenance, paying utilities etc.

It varies a bit by school district, and in the US the majority of school funding is via property taxes (so higher pricier areas have more funding and money for programs, lower income housing areas have less money for programs)

I’d recommend at looking at some various school districts. What state are you in? You can look up a few of the school districts, they might have some of the budget info online or you could try contacting them and see if they’d help you out.

From what I can tell–overall the budget is between 2-3 billion dollars per school district with some school systems budgeting even higher (which includes elementary, middle, and high school) with the average being around 2.5 billion. But that is for more urban areas, and rural areas probably differ. Do some research that way you can site your sources and see if you can get a better idea.

Good luck!

Charles asks…

Would a duel rate income tax not be the fairest system of all?

Lets say people who make $30,000 and under pay nothing but receive no earned income tax credit. For people who make over $30,000 the rate would be 20%. Allow for family, medical and educational deductions only. A person making $50,000 a year after deductions would pay $10,000 and a person making $500,000 a year would pay $100,000. This system would still help the poorer people and the rich would still pay much more.
Willie B. This would not be wealth redistribution. Hence the abolishment of the earned income tax credit.

Administrator answers:

Your tax proposal recognizes the guiding principal of a progressive tax structure. It’s idea that people shouldn’t pay tax on the minimum cost of surviving, hence your exempting the first $30,000 of income. The purpose of the earned income tax credit is to relieve the tax burden on the very low income earners for taxes they pay beyond income tax. If you own or rent a house or apartment, you pay real-estate tax, either directly to a tax collector or to your landlord in covering his or her expenses. If you own personal property, most states have property tax.If you drive a car, or ride a bus or taxi, there’s fuel taxes. And tacked onto everything you buy, sales tax. The earned income tax credit is a, granted imperfect, way to reimburse these taxes paid by very low income WORKING people, doing those low pay but essential jobs, like picking produce, cleaning restrooms, providing daycare for your kids, etc.

The next step in the tax rate of a progressive system is for those who earn a little more. They’re beyond the struggle to survive, but can only manage some of life’s essential luxuries. Air-conditioning, internet access, eating out and weekends at the lake. These people can afford to contribute to the cost of government and so should be vested in its cost. They enjoy the benefits of parks, police and fire protection, garbage and sewer service, national defense and the rest of civilization’s infrastructure. But if they were to have to pay their full “share”, they would be driven back into poverty. The progressive tax system takes this into account and sets a lower tax rate for these workers.

The next levels step up incrementally for higher income earners. As taxpayers compile more and more discretionary income, they are more able to fund the cost of government, and actually utilize it’s benefits to a higher degree. They avail themselves more of the services of the FAA when they (me included) fly for business and pleasure, and foreign embassy service during overseas travel. They rely on GPS satellites and the Coast Guard when sailing the Caribbean. They benefit from federal and state beach protection projects that replenish sand near their beach homes following storms, and the bulk of state and federal court expenditures are initiated by wealthy individuals and corporations to protect their patents, copyrights, contracts and set up partnerships, trusts and estates. Since they use the same basic infrastructure all of us do, plus the more specialized facets of government most of us don’t, combined with the greater resources available to them (much of that made possible from the protections of government), we expect them to pay a greater share.

And before you complain about the complexity of the tax code, understand that the VAST majority of that complexity was inserted at the insistence of special interests to increase their deductions. Anyone who wants to make tax time less complex can accomplish that by taking fewer deductions. Most people have decided that it is well worth their trouble to avail themselves of that complexity.

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