Elaborate $200 Million Welfare Housing Project

Posted on July 20, 2011 by

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Includes $44.5 Million in Federal Grants

Here is a development in Tacoma WA (Salishan) that was built for Illegal Immigrants! 1325 Homes created! Refugee Pay offers them $2642 per month in SSI benefits, plus Food Stamps, plus Section 8 Housing. You will see new expensive cars in this video. Wouldn’t you like to get a free ride like the illegals?

Who can get Supplemental Security Income?

Generally, if you are a non-citizen in one of certain immigration categories granted by the Department of Homeland Security, you may be eligible for SSI if:

  • You were lawfully living in the United States on August 22, 1996, and you are blind or disabled;
  • You were receiving SSI on August 22, 1996, and you are lawfully living in the United States; or
  • You were lawfully admitted for permanent residence under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) and have a total of 40 credits of work in the United States. (Your spouse’s or parent’s work also may count.) SOURCE : http://www.ssa.gov/pubs/11051.html

Salishan Overall Unit Mix

Public Housing
290
Project-Based Section 8
340
Non-Subsidized Rental Units (Manager Units)
3
Section 202 Elderly Housing Units
110
Market Rate Units
18
Other Subsidized Rental Units
131
Subtotal Rental
892
Homeownership Units (below 60% AMI)
72
Sweat Equity Homeownership Units (below 40% AMI)
28
Market Rate Homeownership Units
257
Subtotal Homeownership Units
386
Total New Units
1278

http://www.tacomahousing.org/Salishan/unit_mix.html

It was with some trepidation that the community greeted plans to completely demolish Salishan. On April 27, 2001, THA received a $35 million HOPE VI FEDERAL grant to revitalize Salishan. Combined with other public and private funding sources, the $200 million redevelopment of Salishan will replace existing homes with new homes, a combination of rental and owner-occupied structures. The new community will also feature a new health and dental clinic, a new education/technology center, and an expanded childcare facility.  Source : http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=5512

The Salishan Housing project is financed by both public and private sources.

THA’s financing includes the following:

HOPE VI Funds
$35,000,000
Other Federal Funds
$9,500,000
State Housing Trust Funds
$12,000,000
Local Funds
$8,361,713
Private Tax Credit Equity
$70,200,000
Lot Sales
$48,700,000
Federal Home Loan Bank
$1,900,000
Private Mortgage
$14,012,000
Developer Fee
$6,500,000
Program Income
$13,155,950
County Funds & United Way
$713,309
TOTAL
$220,043,762

An evaluation of the THA Salishan project was to have been conducted by the Washington State “School of Social work”.  However at this time no report has been posted.  The projects required end date of January 2010 has come and gone and no further information can be found on this $35 million “HOPE VI” federal grant.

So another money pit your hard earned cash has been dumped into and the accountability program never posted the final report.  I am not saying that some of these homes awarded to some of these residents may have not been actual hardship cases but the drive through of this neighborhood looks better than most.  Who would have known from this picturesque hood that is was almost 80% subsidized by Federal and State taxes and fees.

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