Section 8 Voucher & Rental management company for seniors!

Dear Editor:

Sir/Madam, I consider myself a competent, professional and active person within my community. I am writing this letter in hopes that it will gain momentum as I am appalled at some of the large luxury construction companies in my area.

Now, for some context – my parents’ building recently sold for over $1.5 million – and after 30 years of living in the town of Guttenberg, they now have to move. Although their relocation is not the problem, it is the lack of apartments available in our area for seniors. Not to mention the lack of owner responses or hang ups I received when I mentioned Section 8 vouchers.

I have called and emailed many property management companies in Edgewater, Weehawken, West New York – while some say they accept Section 8 voucher (there are no “apartments specials or discounts”) – which is fine. But, some ask individuals to earn 3 to 4 times more than the rent there would be! To like! it’s a joke! How much tax relief did they receive for building all along the waterway!? (not rhetorical). What percentage of their apartment buildings did they promise the city would go to low-income families?

If these promises were not made by these companies, then we have idiot politicians who allow these constructions to continue without providing any kind of help to their constituents! Yet we continue to vote for them! It’s insulting! If these management companies that have 3 to 4 buildings in these areas are asking disabled and elderly people with Section 8 vouchers to earn 3 to 4 times the price of their apartment on a monthly basis, what hope do other families in workers have at this rate in our area with so many luxury buildings taking over!

Dora Talavera

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