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Monticello, NY - Village Officials Wonder If Brooklyn Residents Had Head’s Up About Sullivan County Section 8 Waiting List

Published on: June 17, 2015 04:00 PM
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Throngs of people descended upon the Monticello Housing Authority on Evergreen Road Monday morning for a chance to apply for 50 available Section 8 housing slots in Sullivan County.(courtesy)Throngs of people descended upon the Monticello Housing Authority on Evergreen Road Monday morning for a chance to apply for 50 available Section 8 housing slots in Sullivan County.(courtesy)

Monticello, NY - Questions have surfaced as to whether Sullivan County residents had ample notice about the chance to apply for 50 available Section 8 housing slots, says the Times Herald-Record (http://bit.ly/1TuWhWR ).

As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/1N3rWKv), throngs of people, many of them Chassidim, descended upon the Monticello Housing Authority this past
Monday after spending the night camped out for a chance to apply for Section 8.

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The overflowing crowd reportedly made a great deal of noise, parked their vehicles in private spaces, and prevented school buses from getting through to pick up school children.

Monticello Village Manager David Sager said he believes that Brooklyn residents knew well in advance about the opportunity compared with those living in Sullivan County. “I would certainly like to see our community be made as implicitly aware of this,” Sager said. “It shouldn’t be our imperative to be concerned with residents in Kings County.”

Village Mayor Doug Solomon said he didn’t even know about the event until a resident called him about the parking situation. “For that many people, where are they supposed to park?” he said.

Anne Johansen, Executive Director of the Monticello Housing Authority disputed Sager’s allegations and defended how her agency handled the situation. She said opening the waiting list was justified since there aren’t that many Sullivan County residents on the current waiting list. She added that while she didn’t anticipate as many people who came out, she did advise Evergreen residents to expect a lot of people.

Notifications were also placed in the local papers and Johansen said she spoke about the waiting list at the county housing meeting on June 10. Other agencies, including the Office of the Aging and Veterans Service, and the Sullivan County Federation for the Homeless were notified as well.


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 Jun 17, 2015 at 04:51 PM Anonymous Says:

Its called mikva neis for a reason.
Do you know Obama heard that if you want to hear that latest news before it happens go to the mikva. so he disguses himself and runs to the mikva. All he sees is people rushing in & out very quickly and no talking. Finally he gets the guts to ask someone why is everyone so quiet? The guy says sh!!! you didn't hear the president will be in the mikva any second!

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 Jun 17, 2015 at 04:53 PM Anonymous Says:

It is a real chilul hashem to see so many yidden in chassidish lvush, most of whom probably don't hold a full time job, lined up for a chance at the lottery to take money from the pockets of hard-working taxpayers (both yiddeshe and goiyehse) to pay their rent.

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 Jun 17, 2015 at 05:05 PM allmark Says:

“It shouldn’t be our imperative to be concerned with residents in Kings County.” Could someone please translate this for me?

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 Jun 17, 2015 at 05:31 PM jr77893 Says:

it's very simple...
aniyei ircha kodmin.
Hes concerned with Sullivan county poor and not Kings county poor...
makes perfect sense

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 Jun 17, 2015 at 05:51 PM md2205 Says:

Section 8 is open to anyone. It is open to Jews and to African Americans, and to whites and to Hispanics. It exists for lower income people. If it would be considered bad for people to apply, it wouldn't exist. It seems the shanda is that there are Jews who are poor. It is a form of stereotyping that you are indulging in to criticize Jews for not having full time jobs. Plenty of people from all walks of life don't have full time jobs.

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 Jun 17, 2015 at 05:57 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
allmark Says:

“It shouldn’t be our imperative to be concerned with residents in Kings County.” Could someone please translate this for me?

....a simple perush is that the hicks in Monticello shouldn't be worried about the homeless in BP and Willy....

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 Jun 17, 2015 at 06:25 PM ayoyo Says:

duh that paper is good even in brooklyn to get an apt

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 Jun 17, 2015 at 06:35 PM Anonymous Says:

When you marry young, have no education or trade, and have many children that is a recipe for being a welfare recipient. No different than other groups that follow the same path, hamayvin yavin. Unfortunately, this lifestyle has become di riguer in some circles and while they decry the dangers of the internet and womens' mode of headgear nobody seems to bat an eyelash to lying and cheating in certain circles i.e. How many of the applicants REALLY live in Monticello??
What a shame...Is this what Hashem really wants from us?

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 Jun 17, 2015 at 06:47 PM Realistic Says:

So isn't it the job of elected officials (hence the mayor) to keep his people informed?

who exactly is he blaming here?

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 Jun 17, 2015 at 07:29 PM Was publicized Says:

At first I was concerned lest there really be a story. The facts presented clearly report that this was made public. If after being in the local paper they still did not know about it; well, perhaps they shoud read a paper sometime.

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 Jun 17, 2015 at 07:39 PM enlightened-yid Says:

Will these section 8 housing also be red brick condos with golden door knobs like we see a lot of exclusive section 8 housing in Hossidic neighborhoods?

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 Jun 17, 2015 at 07:48 PM Moone Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

It is a real chilul hashem to see so many yidden in chassidish lvush, most of whom probably don't hold a full time job, lined up for a chance at the lottery to take money from the pockets of hard-working taxpayers (both yiddeshe and goiyehse) to pay their rent.

It would've been a bigger chillul hashem if they would have held a full time job and still applting for.

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 Jun 17, 2015 at 08:23 PM Mazal1 Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

Its called mikva neis for a reason.
Do you know Obama heard that if you want to hear that latest news before it happens go to the mikva. so he disguses himself and runs to the mikva. All he sees is people rushing in & out very quickly and no talking. Finally he gets the guts to ask someone why is everyone so quiet? The guy says sh!!! you didn't hear the president will be in the mikva any second!

It was on the radio

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 Jun 17, 2015 at 09:14 PM aleph Says:

This article is making a mountain out of a molehill.

1. A couple of hundred people, even when acting appropriately will make noise and cause parking headaches.

2. Nobody said you have to live in Monticello in order to apply. I think local residents get priority but it seems they didn't show up...

3. When rents are high or you need a few bedrooms for your family size, one can have a full time job and still be eligible for Section 8. However, then they cover a smaller portion of the rent.

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