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Letter: Response to Proposed Subsidized Housing Legislation

Adam Skolnik, executive director of the Maryland Multi-Housing Association, submitted a response to a blog about Dundalk's high concentration of subsidized renters.

 

Dundalk Patch received the following letter from Adam Skolnik, executive director of the Maryland Multi-Housing Association, in response to a blog about Dundalk's high concentration of subsidized renters:

Dear Mr. Beeler,

I represent owners and managers of 161,000 apartments in the State of Maryland.  We are opposed the source of income laws (mandatory section 8) for a number of reasons.

First and foremost do you honestly believe that the “source of income” that a person makes is the same as the Fair Housing protected classes that Maryland currently recognizes? Following are the national and state protected classes.  Is how you earn your money comparable to skin color, national origin, race or religion?

We are against this law because the regulatory burden imposed if massive.  Should a landlord have a choice if it does not want to deal with Federal, State and Local jurisdictional bureaucracy that directly impacts his or her business?

Did you notice at this meeting that the opposing view was not given the opportunity to refute the claims that this type of law de-concentrates poverty, as a matter of fact we have as much data or more that these laws have little to no effect on the de-concentration of poverty. Is stifling decent really what the United States, Maryland and Baltimore County are really about. We welcome the opportunity to explain this to you and your readers.  Writing an informed blog only adds value to the Patch and its readers.

NATIONAL:

Color:  Pertaining to a person’s skin color Familial Status: Families in which one or more children under 18 live with: a parent; a person who has legal custody of the child or children; or the designee of the parent or legal custodian, with the parent or custodian's written permission.

Familial status protection also applies to pregnant women and anyone securing legal custody of a child under 18.

National Origin: Refers to country of birth.

Physical or Mental Disability:  In reference to you or someone close to you who: has a physical or mental disability (including hearing, mobility and visual impairments, chronic alcoholism, chronic mental illness, AIDS, AIDS-related Complex and mental retardation) that substantially limits one or more major life activities ; has a record of such a disability; or is regarded as having such a disability.

Race: Categories of physical characteristics and/or genetic groupings of human populations.

Religion: Participation with one of the world’s structured religions; one’s spiritual beliefs; inference of religion by place of worship.

Sex: Male or female.

MARYLAND: Includes all federal protections listed above PLUS:

Marital Status:  The state of being single, married, separated, divorced, or widowed.

Sexual Orientation:  The identification of an individual as to male or female homosexuality, heterosexuality, or bisexuality.

Editor's Note: This letter was published in its entirety, as it was received.

Steve January 31, 2013 at 04:47 AM
Just because you want it to be so doesn't make it so. He can't live with them. All residents must have a criminal background check. The powers that be check on this regularly. Are you sure they receive Housing Vouchers or do they just live in a slumlord owned cheap apartment?
Shell9 January 31, 2013 at 04:53 AM
Yes I am sure..You actually think that they tell Section 8 powers that be that all of those people live there? They only check it when they get a complaint. Who is going to complain? The family next door that is doing the same thing? I know what I am saying and I stand by my comments.
Steve January 31, 2013 at 05:02 AM
It's just a not so subtle form of racism trying to link Housing Voucher recipients with crime. Fortunately the facts prove otherwise.
Shell9 January 31, 2013 at 05:02 AM
I know this is a hot button issue. I actually respect the dialogue on here. If we talk about it , maybe something can change. Whether studies or not. Dialogue keeps it going. We need to restore our community back to it's roots. A community of hard working people who want a safe place to raise their kids.
Buzz Beeler January 31, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Shell you are trying to be understanding and polite, but you are listening to a person who has no knowledge or experience in these matters. I don't think he even works has a job or an education of any kind. He has nerved answered any questions, lies on a regular basis and has no prominence. Take a look at the large cities of this country, Detroit, Chiacgo and Baltimore. Look at their problems. Her are two links that explain the correlation between what you have seen with your own eyes. I saw it as a cop for 30 years both on the streets in in the stats division. Here is the first link and it was a shock for the people that did the study because they believed otherwise. http://newsbusters.org/blogs/tom-blumer/2008/06/21/section-8-vouchers-crime-correlated-expect-media-indifference Here is another: http://www.nhi.org/online/issues/127/section8.html This Steve has never been forthright and can't tell the difference between an investigation and a birthday party. He is uneducated contentiously violates the terms of use and disappears when you ask him a question. He is part the left wing entitlement part of this country which last night announced a GDP growth in the minus range. This is a first for this country. The left wing media did nothing of Fast and Furious and Bengjaze-gate. They are too busy singing the praise of Obama. http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2012/11/susan-rice

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