Local woman discusses Section 8 housing
Dec 12, 2011 4:25 pm
Elaine Fernadez on her Wii the People blog, interviews Kathleen Cullen, who lives at the Hudson River Lodge in LaGrange in one room with her two teenage sons and fiancee. Hudson River Lodge is a welfare hotel for homeless people. They landed there after her apartment building was sold and the lease expired. Fannie Mae, a national mortgage finance company, bought the foreclosed building, and tenants were not given the option to stay. According to Kathleen, Fannie Mae plans to renovate the building. This is the second time in the last five years that Cullen and her family lost their home to a foreclosure. Before their most recent building was sold, the building they lived in also was foreclosed. Cullen receives Section 8 housing assistance, which allows her to pay about 30% of the monthly rent with the federal government subsidizing the rest, but ended up homeless because she was unable to find a place before her lease expired on September 30. Read all about Cullen's story at Wii the People.