I am thankful for my Section 8 Voucher for without it I could not have raised my girls to be the college students they all are today. Now, I am seeking to f ind that final homeowner that will allow me to age and live out my life need the sea in Wilmington, NC. It is true that a few bad apples have caused all participants of the Section 8 program to be viewed negatively labeled which is just another form of prejudice in America. Participants and Homeowners both take a chance on each other in this business of providing and obtaining clean-safe shelter. It would be nice if everyone could afford to buy and maintain their own home, but the American economy is crap and jobs are more technical than the days when your neighbor may have helped build your TV set. As for me and mine, I was raised knowing the importance of maintaining your home inside and out represented the whole family who lived in it. Yes, every woman is not trained up the same, and money seems to make the rules in our society today. As an ex-girl scout leader who has raised three daughters it is my model to leave a place cleaner than I found it. For every place I have lived I have left permanent improvements, but to date I cannot say my cost was very much appreciated, in fact, many home owners believe if you want to live in a house you have to maintain it all once you sign on the dotted line. But, we all know many of the tenants are single mothers just trying to give their children a decent place to be live and to be proud of, even the lowest of incomes does not take that dream away.
Many homeowners clean it up just to get you in knowing the majority of the rent will be paid by the governmental agency, so they do the initial work, but then they forget they must help to maintain the property as well and every home needs a man's hand to be maintained properly and every woman does not have a man to call upon, but every Section 8 tenant has a property owner. I can handle the beautification and cleanliness of the interior, but as for outside gutters, electrical, plumbing and heating and water issues, every home needs a man and that's the homeowner's responsibility and contribution toward keeping my family safe throughout our tenancy,. Many Section 8 participant's who rent single family homes know maintenance of a home cost, and if we had the money we were be our own homeowner, so we are judged by the wear and tear of the property that good yearly maintenance would help avoid but never received instead the homeowner complains about the repair job then give the tenant the bill for parts and labor. I thank God I have some legal knowledge to know some many property maintenance are not the responsibility of the tenant. and I am also thankful for the yearly inspections because I know I am a good tenant and I care for the place i call home and if I point out a maintenance matter that needs addressing and the owner fails to repair in the first year of my tenancy he will fail his inspection and he has the choice, fix it or lose money until it is fixed or lose a good tenant. Keep all receipts for any improvements to support your good tenancy. (I paid $133 for the toilet I sit on.). Only recommendation I can truly give is care for your home, work on your personal credit life and continue to seek out that property owner that cares for his property FIRST and not the money it makes for him. God Bless You all and Good Luck.