FAIRFAX, Va. -- Resort-style swimming pools with fountains and heated spas, billiards rooms, granite counter tops, ceramic tile, indoor basketball courts, stainless steel appliances -- many Fairfax County taxpayers cannot afford such luxuries. But they are paying for these amenities for use by low-income residents who live in subsidized housing in affluent neighborhoods.
"They're a part of our rental program where we subsidize the rents for the individuals in the units, and we end up having to pick up the condo fees," supervisor Pat Herrity told 630 WMAL News.
Herrity does not advocate putting low-income residents in "ghetto-style" housing but he takes issue with taxpayers who cannot afford such luxuries being forced to pick up the tab for people who qualify for subsidized housing.
"These are resort-style amenities that the majority of the taxpayers that are subsidizing it don't have on their own," said Herrity, adding that "luxury has no place in subsidized housing."
"If the occupants of these homes improve their lives financially, they will be forced to move out. And the housing they could afford without the taxpayer subsidy is well below the quality of these homes," he said.
Herrity said Fairfax County should sell subsidized housing units located in affluent neighborhoods and stop paying the condo fees.
"Why would we have taxpayers who are trying to work their way into these neighborhoods pay for somebody else to be put into these neighborhoods," said Herrity.Answer Question
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in my area low income housing does not have those amenities and i used to live in 1. i get wic and food stamps my hubby works , i have medical problems so i am unable plus i have kids that have medical issues and for those saying we produce like rabbits that is not always the case. for instance i had a baby this year i was not expecting to have not gotten pregnant in 8 years and hubby was working a excellent job before he got injured so we had medical intervention to have the 2. not knowing i could even have 1 without. i asked to be sterilized but they changed my insurance and my doctor does not take the one i have so now it is a race against time. and it looks like i may once again have to go into a apartment subsidized to get on my feet because the kids need their own rooms not cramped in with 2 other people. i hope and pray you never need any kinds of assistance because if you do you will eat your words
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