Misconceptions abound about affordable housing

Baltimoresun-logoThis weekend, Consider the Person advisory council member Odette Ramos had a letter to the editor run in the Baltimore Sun. This letter was written in response to a Baltimore County Council vote last week, denying a development that would have provided more affordable housing in the county.

Here’s an excerpt from Odette’s letter:

The views expressed by supporters of the resolution blocking the Rosedale housing project are typical NIMBYism, where communities are under the impression that the presence of participants in low-income housing programs leads to increased crime and overcrowding of schools. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

Study after study has shown that the presence of voucher holders in neighborhoods has no effect on crime rates. This result should be no surprise to those who know the Housing Choice Voucher Program, which simply assists hard-working, responsible individuals and families, persons with disabilities, elderly persons and veterans who want to live in and contribute to thriving communities just like anyone else.

You can read the full letter here. You can also read the article about the resolution blocking the development here.