Staff insists on continuing to discriminate against unrelated roommates and Section 8 applications; and Gordon gets them to admit that they also discriminate against medical marijuana users

Disgusting. Just disgusting. The headline says it all, and we’re not going to elaborate on this story any more than we have to. 

So much for “Burbank2035!” eh?  Burbank’s always been a chickenshit town, and always will be. Completely insensitive, oblivious, and cynical.

We don’t buy either staff’s claim that there are only “38” Section 8 grants that are being transported out of town. In this transient day and age that number seems way too low. Their extolling the use of a so-called “Randomizer” software program that makes anything but random picks from among the applicant pool is also equally silly and evasive. 

Sorry, but they use a variety of selection criteria “preferences” to make their Section 8 picks, which means that it’s impossible to get a slot in Burbank unless you’re a vet, disabled, a parent of small children, and homeless. 

All combined. And even then you don’t know where you are on the list. If that’s not so, then who DOES get it?

A numbered lottery system would be much more fair, even if it’s weighted for certain preferences. Glendale uses one, and Glendale also has an extensive appeals process which Burbank lacks. Which would figure for this town as well…

Remember, Burbank’s the same place that more than 20 years ago actually required 10,000 people to line up all around the downtown area just to be able to file a mere application for Section 8. A friendly town it is to the lower income, yes.

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2 responses to “Staff insists on continuing to discriminate against unrelated roommates and Section 8 applications; and Gordon gets them to admit that they also discriminate against medical marijuana users

    • semichorus

      Ah yes. The Burbank Housing Authority Bank.

      Which the council-majority actually CONGRATULATED them for “correcting” prior to the audit.

      They also have a pretty large 10 percent admin cost. For what? I love too how the BHA is going to be taking the lead role on advocating lots more apartment development.

      “We need more affordable housing, people…”

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