Georgia – Riots over section 8 housing APPLICATIONS

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Why are all these people BLACK?  I didn’t see any other race.  Were these people told to go there?  I don’t get it.  I’m sure that there are MANY other people that are hurting also.  Look at the video’s.  This is SCARY.  Is this a test of some sort?  And who’s conducting it?

Georgia city taking measures to avoid housing sign-up chaos:

Atlanta, Georgia (CNN) — The small city of East Point, Georgia, took steps to prevent chaos from breaking out Thursday, a day after more than 30,000 people unexpectedly turned out to pick up public housing applications.

East Point, a suburb south of Atlanta, had expected only 10,000 people to show up Wednesday. But officials said crowd control became an issue after many families brought more than one member — children, other relatives and even dogs in some cases, according to Kimberly Lemish, executive director of the East Point Housing Authority.

Thursday, people returned the filled-out applications for housing assistance. And officials used a different procedure in the hope of keeping order. Housing authority officials and police were accepting forms as applicants drove by. Those not in cars could walk up to tables where officials accepted the forms.

A steady stream of cars and some foot traffic was evident, but not the craziness of Wednesday, when the applications were distributed.

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“As soon as the doors were opened panic ensued,” the East Point Fire Department said in a news release.

Maj. Donald Chase of the East Point Police Department said the event was organized with several distribution centers, but people Wednesday tried to circumvent the lines and come around the sides to gain access.

“As you can imagine, this large of a crowd did have some instances of ‘being out of control,'” East Point City Councilman Lance Rhodes said in an e-mail to residents. “However, the Police and Fire were in control. This is evidenced by the fact that no arrests were made.”

Lemish said that, with the cooperation of East Point and nearby police departments, the housing authority did everything it could. “It was a success,” she said. “We were able to do what we were set out to do. All of the people who wanted applications got them.”

However, officials said so many people picked up applications that it could be 10 years before all the applicants are helped. Meanwhile, their names will be on a waiting list.

“There’s no way to anticipate when we can assist families,” Lemish said. “When we have assistance available, we will select someone from the waiting list.”

As many as 62 people required medical attention Wednesday, including 20 who were hospitalized as a result of the crowds, the hot weather and the failure of some to take their usual medications, the fire department said.

More than 30 officers were deployed to the site to gain control of the surging crowds. People from all over the country were in the lines, hoping to get the applications.

And people had waited for hours, even days, in line for the applications. Candice Dixon — who has three children and is 37 weeks pregnant — said she had been in line since Monday.

“It was horrifying, just chaotic, to be someone who waited patiently in line, and then all those people coming; I was scared for my life,” she said. “I didn’t leave; I slept out there in a lawn chair with a pillow. Then I washed up at Kroger, and went back and camped out some more.”

Dixon said she has gotten a job and hopes the program will help her get a home she can afford.

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/08/12/georgia.housing.crush/?hpt=Sbin

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4 Responses to Georgia – Riots over section 8 housing APPLICATIONS

  1. datGurl! says:

    “Why are all these people BLACK? ” because most white folks dont need Section 8 and the Mexicans have all they need and then some. This has been a pet peeve of mine for a while. They seem to have most if not all in some counties of these types of assistance. In my county in Ca they have it all! THEY are the one lving in homes (Sec 8 rentals) drivinng big F150’s and spending 400-600 foodstamps a month.

    People are deperate with the economy and the UI situations. 10 year on a waiting list is not too much to ask under the circumstances. They can only hope they get called before then…

  2. txlady706 says:

    datGurl!
    It is very disheartening when I go to the grocery store and see someone paying with food stamps and then I see them get into a huge Expedition that I can’t afford. I have a little car and my boyfriend has a car, but if we want to take all the kids and my mom somewhere, then we have to take 2 cars. I’m not complaining. I have a good life. Thank g-d that I have a job. But it does make me think. I have had to PAY for my daughters daycare. If I didn’t work, then I would have been able to raise her and teach her myself. I just can’t seem to bring myself go there. Hispanics get preferential treatment here. They even go to school a full year before anyone else. They get taught (yes taught) spanish first. yes, first. Their babies get taught spainsh first and then they get continued spanish education through the elementary school years. I come from the Ukraine. Why is it that my daughter is not being taught Russian? On top of all that, they get this for FREE.
    It’s sick!

    • datGurl! says:

      isnt it? and I found something out today in conversation with a friend of mine, about the Asians/Hmongs. In some of their cultures when they get married, the woman keeps HER family name, not taking the husbands. so —they BOTH go to the welfare and apply- some slit the kids up for this reason- and draw TWO welfare checks = fs in one house!! which would land u and i in jail for fraud.

      hows THAT with your afternoon tea?

  3. txlady706 says:

    datGurl!:
    Yeah. I have heard of that. They also have up to 4 wives, but since they keep their names it doesn’t matter. Also, another bit of trivia is that the mothers take on the name of their male children. So, for example, the boys name is Ben Jamin. The mother before marriage is Sue Me. Father is Weebee Jamin. The mother becomes Sue Me Ben Jamin. I remember hearing Ayan Hirsi Ali or it might have been Noni Darwish, describe something like that. I’m not totally sure the naming convention, but thats what she said – that they are known by their SONS.

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