|Re: Subsidized Housing and Compatibility||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Michael John Omogrosso (omodarkwing.uoregon.edu)|
|Date: Thu, 11 Jan 1996 19:30:59 -0600|
John: Glad to here you're addressing the long standing question, "Now that we've pulled ourselves up by the bootstraps, shall we risk our success by help others, or just attend to maintaining our status?" Certainly it is not nearly so simplistic and I do appreciate your position. East Blair Housing Coop (EBHC) has gone through many changes in trying ways out to separate the wheat from the chaff, as it were. We have a "black book" which holds our articles and by-laws and history and expectations. Included are clear requirements to participate in work parties for maintenance and problem solving. Also we require folks to to be an active member in one of our four operations committees with specific time commitments. And we have a grueling interview process, too boot. Even so, some of the best applicants turn out to be Wookie dung, and, when our options only allow for a less desirable candidate to be chosen, they often prove to be so thankful that they do more than anyone else. EBHC, though, is comprised entirely of folks who haven't a pot to piss in--literally. We are drawn from a Housing Authority list of people who are exceptionally under housed or without housing. I personally hoe you decide to offer opportunities to folks with no credit or bad credit or no money at all. You may provide a grand example for less advantaged brothers and sisters. Nevertheless, it makes sense to write the script that will cover your backs at the same time. It is better to scare off folks because the don't want that much involvement (work) than to try to evict them.
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