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Riot Breaks Out in Detroit over Housing Voucher Shortage

An event designed to help assist Michigan families with housing expenses turned into a chaotic scene after there was a mad rush to collect Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers.

The incident happened Saturday morning at the Wayne County Family Health Services Center on Eureka Road, between Beech Daly and Inkster roads in Taylor — where thousands of people were waiting to get housing vouchers, many who had been waiting outside in the cold since the night before.

Reports say the amount of people who showed up looking for assistance heavily outweighed the number of vouchers to be distributed. As the night was fading away and the sun started to shine, the crowd continued to grow as more and more people arrived. According to reports, only 1,000 vouchers were available for distribution. An estimated 3,000 to 4,000 people were in attendance.

Source: CBS Detroit. Read full article. (link)

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  • Sevo||

    When you give something away, there is never enough of it.
    I think there's a quote pointing out that politics is dedicated to ignoring this fact, but I don't know where to find it.

  • crazyfingers||

    You're probably thinking of this:

    "The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics." - Thomas Sowell

    Anyway, if the government is going to provide free housing, it should be bare-minimum dormitory style. And food stamps should only be able to buy basic staples.

    haha, I crack myself up.

  • Sevo||

    And BTW, there was no "shortage". The problem was caused by the vouchers being available at all.

  • Paleo-ConAvenger||

    This happened in Come-Blow-Us (Ohio) back in December.

  • Turd in the Punchbowl||

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