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Wait list for public housing closes Friday

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The waiting list for public housing in Richmond County will be closed at 5 p.m. Friday because of the high volume of applicants.

Jasmine Tate and her daughter, Jordan, 3, stand outside the Augusta Housing Authority. Ms. Tate and her children were on the waiting list since May, and are preparing to move into a unit.  Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jackie Ricciardi/Staff
Jasmine Tate and her daughter, Jordan, 3, stand outside the Augusta Housing Authority. Ms. Tate and her children were on the waiting list since May, and are preparing to move into a unit.

When the Augusta Housing Authority posted an ad in The Augusta Chronicle on Saturday to announce the closing, the list had 3,765 applicants, said Sevi Roberson, director of management for the housing authority. By Tuesday, the number had grown to 3,893. At 5 p.m. Wednesday, it was 3,915.

The housing authority also has to relocate residents from Underwood Homes, which still has about 70 families living in the units, Ms. Roberson said. The residents must leave the complex, slated for demolition, by the end of the month.

"If I wasn't relocating families for Underwood, I would be pulling families from the waiting list," Ms. Roberson said.

The list was last closed in September 2007 with 4,700 applicants on the list and reopened six months later, she said.

Jasmine Tate and her children, ages 8, 6 and 3, were on the waiting list since May, but are preparing to move to Dogwood Terrace.

Ms. Tate's family has been homeless since July 28, a criterion that expedited her family's application. Ms. Roberson said other criteria for expedited placement include applicants who work 30 hours or more per week, the elderly and the disabled.

It's good timing for Ms. Tate, since her 3-year-old daughter Jordan will be having surgery for a hernia Tuesday.

The family has been staying at the Salvation Army shelter.

"That's not someplace I really want my baby to be when she gets out of the hospital," she said.

Ms. Tate says she signed up for the list when facing eviction from an apartment on Milledge Road. A family member who helped her with her $450 monthly rent was laid off, and with no job, she couldn't afford it on her own.

She would have preferred to sign up for Section 8 tenant-based assistance, but they're not accepting applications.

Ms. Tate is looking forward to moving in with her children.

"I'm ready to have them where they feel at home," she said.

Reach Sarah Day Owen at (706) 823-3223 or sarah.owen@augustachronicle.com.

ADD YOUR NAME TO THE WAITING LIST

The waiting list for public housing closes at 5 p.m. Friday. To apply, visit the office of the Augusta Housing Authority at 1425 Walton Way or apply online at augustapha.org.

The waiting list for Section 8 project-based assistance will remain open through the housing authority. Project-based assistance is a voucher system that pays a portion of the rent to rental property complex owners who have an agreement with the housing authority.

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ispy4u
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ispy4u 09/03/09 - 06:30 am
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I cannot wait, to read the

I cannot wait, to read the comments. However, I will say that Housing, like Health Care, is in heed of serious reform.

JBP
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JBP 09/03/09 - 06:54 am
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It is a disgrace and a shame

It is a disgrace and a shame that we have this many people in need of affordable housing. Where are all the faith communities, where are all the people who don't want "government" involved in people's lives?

xanadu
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xanadu 09/03/09 - 07:24 am
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Excuse me, did this chick

Excuse me, did this chick ever hear of BIRTH CONTROL???? The stuff has been around for oh, only fifty-some years. Dont have kids you cant feed, house, clothe, or provide for. Period. We need to quit enabling those who are sexually irresponsible and keep bringing kids into the world for the taxpayers to take care of.

lifelongresidient
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lifelongresidient 09/03/09 - 08:11 am
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no job?!?!?!?!?!?, i feel

no job?!?!?!?!?!?, i feel those who are working FULL-TIME and need help w/o 2 or more children by different baby-daddies and making every effort toi be productive should be given help for a set period of time....5-7 year maximum on ANY type of public assistance, NO MATTER HOW MANY CHILDREN!!!, any additional time the person would have to show thathe./she is truly disabled, not just receiving a check for add/adhd for them or their child. this would force the chronic welfare reciptiants to obtain the education/life skills necessary to become productive members of society, in addition to easing the burden on those whose tax dollars are paying for these programs. augusta should get out of the public housing business entirely, more scarce resources by way of police calls, building maintenence and other city, state and federal services go into public projects than come out. it is time that public housing is for the truly disabled or elderly

REDRIDER
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REDRIDER 09/03/09 - 08:23 am
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Make baby's daddy pay for

Make baby's daddy pay for there mistakes too! I can't stand that word It is there father. If not put them in jail and make them work for there there mistakes. I can see public housing for old people but not young that can work.

bettyboop
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bettyboop 09/03/09 - 09:15 am
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I'll bet that baby gets

I'll bet that baby gets excellent health care for that operation...anybody want to argue with that.. ispy4u??

feedup
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feedup 09/03/09 - 09:39 am
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You know whats so sad. These

You know whats so sad. These women are on section 8 and living in housing project, saying they need help but yet they have the men living with them. If he can live with you then he can pay the rent. These young women make me sick. The elderly can't even get proper help care, but let a young lady have a bby all kind of resources are there for her. the Welfare system needs to have stric guidelines. This should not be a permanant thing only temporaty.

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 09/03/09 - 11:56 am
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Thank you to all the bleeding

Thank you to all the bleeding hearts who do not think people should be responsible for themselves. Not that everyone every once in a while couldn't use a helping hand, but that is not the case with most of these people. Birth control is free!!!!! These able bodied [filtered word] keep having more kids than they can care for just to repopulate. Mean while people who work hard all the time and take care of their own can't afford the high cost of health insurance so do without, but a portion of their money has to go to take care of these people and their kids. They get food stamps but are even to lazy to feed their kids breakfast in the morning so we have to foot the bill for that too at school. It is an endless cycle because no one who can has the balls to change it and the bleeding hearts make it impossible if they were to try!!! Start puttin resrictions on these people and enforce it!! Sterilization isn't cruel, having all these kids you can't care for and raising them in a poor trashy setting and having everyone else who lives their life responsible pay for you when you could do it on your own if you tried is cruel!!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 09/03/09 - 11:59 am
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Even when given a brand new

Even when given a brand new complex these people turn it into a hell hole, why, becuase they didn't have to earn a dang thing!!! And those who wish to live better and really try but had a tragedy befall them that set them back make to much money for any help even though they are really struggling and suffering to get by. The system is only set up to help and reward those who DO NOT deserve it, but those who do deserve the help and work hard as they can, screw them. WTG to the [filtered word]'s who came up with this system and its rules and enforcements!!!

KingJames
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KingJames 09/03/09 - 01:02 pm
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I guess you all didn't read

I guess you all didn't read the entire story. You all think Ms. Tate just had babies and is moving to the projects. How about this part of the story that none of you have commented on..."Ms. Tate says she signed up for the list when facing eviction from an apartment on Milledge Road. A family member who helped her with her $450 monthly rent was laid off, and with no job, she couldn't afford it on her own." I don't think Ms. Tate was just waiting for housing. She had a place to live, but was evicted. She also had help from another source other than the government, but that source was unable to continue helping her. With a 10% unemployment rate, it is very hard to find work. I'm not trying to defend anyone in particular, but I am saying none of you seem to have commented on what she was doing before she was placed on the housing list, or that she and her family were living in a shelter while they were waiting. I agree that help should only be given for a set time, and during that time people should try to help themselves out of the projects. But I suppose that will also take tax money to accomplish.

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Jim-bob 09/03/09 - 02:08 pm
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If Ms. Tate cannot provide

If Ms. Tate cannot provide for her children she is an unfit mother and should be treated as such.

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GOSHEN77 09/03/09 - 02:27 pm
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Keep em out of Goshen!!!

Keep em out of Goshen!!!

KingJames
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KingJames 09/03/09 - 04:26 pm
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Jim-bob, you don't know how

Jim-bob, you don't know how she and her kids came to be homeless, or that she has never worked to support her kids. Calling her unfit without more information would be speculatory. With no job, no means of support, and nowhere to live, Ms. Tate finally took her kids to a shelter. She could have tried to live on the streets, or she could have abandoned her kids somewhere. "Take them to a shelter," is what we always hear after a tragedy involving kids. Now that a mother has done so, you and others persecute her. In order for Ms. Tate to even be able to get the apartment she was evicted from she had to have proof of income. Unless I'm told any different from competent sources, I'm willing to believe Ms. Tate had a job at some point, but lost it just like the rest of the folks that comprise to the 10% unemployment rate. BTW, nobody asked to go to Goshen. Argue that point with your commissioners

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whoshere 09/03/09 - 04:53 pm
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It CLEARLY says she got into

It CLEARLY says she got into the projects because she was living at the Salvation Army, and it CLEARLY says "and with no job, she couldn't afford $450 a month on her own." I don't feel sorry for any of the ones like this getting MY paycheck every week. If you are elderly or disabled then I say you should get public housing. If you are running the streets having kids left and right with fourty eight different baby daddy's, and have no ambition in life, and never plan to make anything out of yourself then you belong at the Salvation Army! Give all those fourty eight kids to people who can't have them, that can provide a good life for them, and will give them a smidgen of a chance at life.

KingJames
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KingJames 09/03/09 - 05:11 pm
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Whoshere, you are assuming

Whoshere, you are assuming she has never worked at all? Ms. Tate had to have a source of income in order to get the apartment she was evicted from. Landlords usually verify employment of prospective tenants before renting to them. Ms. Tate had to have income to get that apartment. Why is it so hard to believe she lost her job, and then became homeless like many other Americans? Why is it so hard to believe that she could have taken care of her kids herself? This article only says she didn't have a job. It doesn't say she never had one at all. I'm not asking you to feel sorry for Ms. Tate. I am asking you not to judge her because there are many others who are probably one pay check away from being in her shoes. They are doing the right thing, but what are they supposed to do if they get fired? Having 3 kids doesn't make you a leach. I suppose if more people judged like you, then having 3 kids, losing your job, and having to move to Dogwood Terrace would.

whoshere
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whoshere 09/03/09 - 05:51 pm
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KingJames, I'm not assuming

KingJames, I'm not assuming she never worked at all. This situation just happens WAY too much for me to believe that most people that live in government housing even try at all. It's rediculous to see how many people are on the waiting list to get in the projects so they can live it up and not have to worry about a thing. It's also rediculous to see how many people already live in the projects. I never said having three kids makes you a leach either. I have a friend with four kids and she and her husband lost their jobs within two months of each other. They had no savings and no money to tap into to help them out. They also went out and busted their behinds trying to find jobs and are somehow still making it without government housing. Only her husband is working now since she still hasn't been able to get a job and he doesn't even make enough to support all of them. Yet again, somehow they are still making it without government housing. You just have to know how to get out there and do it. How do you think folks got by before the projects came along?

KingJames
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KingJames 09/03/09 - 06:35 pm
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Whoshere, now you are

Whoshere, now you are speaking based on some facts that you know to be true rather than assumptions like you did in your previous post. Your friends are doing what they have to do. The only difference between them and Ms. Tate is that she is alone. There are two adults in the case of your friends. And the husband did find some work to keep the family going. Ms. Tate didn't find any at all. So you can't really assume everyone's situation is the same. You have an example of two adults trying to hold everything together. Ms. Tate can only do so much by herself. Also, anyone who thinks living in the projects is that great should drive through during the day and at night. The projects aren't always the safest places in town. Living in the projects isn't as grand as you think.

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whoshere 09/03/09 - 06:58 pm
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She has three kids. There has

She has three kids. There has to be one, two or three possible male adults somewhere on the planet that should have to help with her and her kids. She sure didn't make them on her own. And although the projects may not be all that grand I'm sure they are grand to those who see nothing but a free ride! Some people just don't care about the way they live when it comes to getting everything for free. And you can tell which ones they are when you ride by the projects. They are all outside all day and all night doing nothing but sitting on their behinds when they should be working and earning that assistance. And maybe they work at night but come on, really? Seems they are out at night worse than during the day!

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chuckroast2000 09/03/09 - 08:15 pm
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we should all be counting our

we should all be counting our blessings. many of us are one paycheck away from being homeless. it seems as if there is no such thing as job security. There are some who abuse the system while there are some who are really in need. What is done in the dark will surely come to light.

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Jim-bob 09/03/09 - 08:34 pm
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King James, why dont you pay

King James, why dont you pay her rent? She is nothing but a non-productive drain on U.S. taxpayers. Send her and her kids to Africa and see how see survives.

KingJames
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KingJames 09/03/09 - 09:09 pm
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Whoshere, you are correct

Whoshere, you are correct when you say the kids' father(s) should help take care of them. That is a possible solution to this particular problem. But, everyone in the projects won't fit into the same mold. Besides, you don't know for sure if the father(s) of Ms. Tate's kids is alive or dead. If deceased, then a new solution is needed. Chuckroast2000, I think you said it best. I totally agree with your statement because lots of people are living paycheck to paycheck. When they lose their jobs because of the recession, then they apply for assistance, others who don't know their circumstances look down on them. Jim-bob, you don't know that Ms. Tate has never worked and paid taxes like the rest of us. You are making an assumption based on the fact that she just got housing, and based on whatever other factors you think are important. I wouldn't pay her rent, but I would try to help her find a job so she can get out of the projects. If you want people to get off of public assistance, then help find them a job. It's not easy to find work when the unemployment rate is at 10%, but that's my solution. Otherwise, you pay her rent!!!!!

Jim-bob
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Jim-bob 09/03/09 - 09:47 pm
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Get your head out of the

Get your head out of the sand. She will never get out of the projects. The same for her children. I pay taxes. I'm paying her rent now. And i am tired of it.

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mdb67 09/04/09 - 12:13 am
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Her goal in life should be

Her goal in life should be getting a job and putting a closed sign on the baby factory!!

donrut
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donrut 09/04/09 - 12:35 am
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guess where those three babys

guess where those three babys will end up in about 15 years...we are seeing those results now all over the county..

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donrut 09/04/09 - 12:39 am
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As for Goshen..the

As for Goshen..the commisioners think its a good idea to create another Apple Valley Subdivision nightmare...just as long as its not in their backyard...wonder how many section 8's are planned for the Mayors neighborhood?>

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