I strongly agree with the May 3 editorial about difficulties faced by formerly homeless people with a Section 8 rental assistance voucher. However, there are many other people, including myself — a senior with a good rental record, who face similar difficulties.
When I received my voucher, I spent months calling rentals (mostly handled by a management firm). About 90 percent stated: “We don’t take Section 8 nor does the owner.”
Owners are discouraged from accepting vouchers, but probably don’t hear the advantages, such as guaranteed rent paid on time.
There are common landlord generalizations: Section 8 tenants aren’t well-screened, some have drug problems, trash the property and — for the most part — aren’t desirable tenants.
When I described my qualifications, I heard: “You’re OK but if I accept you, I would be listed as a Section 8 property and will be swamped with applicants I have to accept.” (Not true.)
In addition, some voiced strong objections to dealing with any government entity.
My own housing search had a happy ending. I live at a senior apartment complex that appreciates Section 8. Other voucher holders have not been so lucky.
Needless to say, I am in favor of county and city regulations that prohibit discrimination against Section 8 rental applicants.