Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Slumming in New Orleans

"Sharon Jasper, a former St. Bernard complex resident presented by activists Tuesday as a victim of changing public housing policies, took a moment before the start of the City Hall protest to complain about her subsidized private apartment, which she called a "slum." A HANO voucher covers her rent on a unit in an old Faubourg St. John home, but she said she faced several hundred dollars in deposit charges and now faces a steep utility bill. "I'm tired of the slum landlords, and I'm tired of the slum houses," she said"

Yesterday a caller from New Orleans called Kim Wade's radio show raising hell about the proposed tearing down of public housing in New Orleans. As Kim Wade does not live in New Orleans and was not as familiar with the topic as was his caller, I am going to give him some help.

The story and picture are from today's Times-Picayune. The picture is of a lady complaining that the house you see is a slum. Nice hardwood floors. Nice big tv. Its a slum. The story also mentions that there is a surplus of public housing in New Orleans. The idiocy continues.

Note: Here is the website for the "slum" neighborhood:
Here is also an editorial on the proposed demolition:

Update: Here is an additional money quote by the ingrate in the photo:
Sharon Jasper sits in the living room of her voucher-backed private residence. "I might be poor but I don't like to live poor. I thank God for a place to live but it's pitiful what people give you."

By the way, if you google her name, she has lived in public housing most of her life. Here is some more information on her:


Anonymous said...

That would probably rent for $2000 in NY.

Stephen said...

unreal. that is absolutely ridiculous. i heard Kim yesterday and that horrible lady that called in. It continues to blow my mind how they constantly want handout after handout.

She should be kicked out of that "slum" and be done with her.

Anonymous said...

OMG. Complaining about something GIVEN to you? If she doesn't like it, she should go live under a bridge or get a job.

Kingfish said...

She has lived in public housing her whole life. She is like the Germans who had no clue how to take care of themselves when Germany reunified.

Stephen said...

Read the most current JFP article:

"‘It’s Hard On Us’

by Maggie Burks
December 19, 2007

At first reluctant to talk, a dark-skinned 60-something man stands outside his white FEMA trailer. Waving around his cigarette, he begins to open up to the young people on camera. A native of New Orleans and second-line expert, he explains to the young videographer that his home in New Orleans didn’t flood at first. “The water was only about that deep to my second step,” he says, gesturing to half-way down his forearm.” Not concerned with any threat of flooding, he and a buddy walked down the street to grab some beers.

“That night, that water was up in the house,” he says flinging his arm to the sky. “That water had gotten to about 20 feet deep.”

He and his stepdaughter were the only ones in the house at the time. “She couldn’t swim,” he says. “She jumped on my neck and (ended up pulling) me under the water. … I’m telling you like it is; it was rough.” A helicopter came and rescued his stepdaughter, leaving him behind. She ended up in Texas, and he in Arkansas. “I didn’t know where none of my people were,” he says, pausing to take a drag from his cigarette.

He continues to tell the story of how he ended up in Little Rock and how he lost everything, only to find little help from the government when he tried to reap unemployment pay. “It’s hard on us,” he says turning away from the camera slightly. “I worked 27 years on my job. Why should I have to suffer for somebody else?”"

Ugh... they are really making themselves look bad. You're house is about to flood, what do you do? Get some beer of course! Then blame the government for not helping, then ask why should YOU have to suffer for someone else. Are you kidding me? YOU should take care of yourself.

Kingfish said...

Questions not asked:

1. Why did he not evacuate?
2. Why did he place his stepdaughter in harm's way?
3. As you pointed out, why was he drinking when his house was flooded.
4. Unemployment? Has he tried to find a job?
5. Had a home? Did he try to get state/fed aid to replace it? There was this program, as screwed up as it was, called the Road Home Program.

If he had evacauted, he still would not have a house so the drinking while it flooded deal, while pretty damn stupid, probably didn't change his circumstances all that much. Although I would like to know if he was employed when it flooded.

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