TAYLOR, Mich. (WXYZ) –
A chaotic scene erupted at the Taylor Human Services Center when the crowd waiting for a Section 8 housing voucher distribution got out of control.
The center is located at Eureka and Lange Roads. That’s on Eureka, between Beech Daly and Inkster.
Police say thousands of people from all over the area were at the center. Many were homeless, single moms, or disabled. They were hoping to get help paying for their housing from the government.
“There was elderly, disabled people, pregnant single women. They were here for help, to get their Section 8 vouchers. It just shows you what a desperate need… some were here since yesterday,” said Rhianna Rodriguez.
7 Action News is being told there were 1,000 vouchers available and 5,000 people showed up trying to get one.
The crowd had grown overnight as more and more people arrived. Witnesses say the line stretched for a mile down Lange Road.
Police say, when the time came for the vouchers to be distributed, there was a mad rush for the door. Officers tried to control the crowd, but couldn’t.
Officers had to shut down several lanes of Eureka Road until the situation could be brought under control. The road is now reopened.
Several people were arrested. The rest were sent home. Today’s distribution has been canceled and will be rescheduled.
“There was a lady with an oxygen tank. She was elderly. When they told everybody they had to go home and they weren’t going to help, she was in tears,” said Rodriguez.
“When the lights went out, it went horrible. People started trampling over people, there was a disabled lady that was in a wheelchair and they was trying to knock her over to get in front of her. I mean, just crazy,” she said.
One lady reportedly threw her baby at others in order to get to the door first.
Lenny Syer, of Melvindale, said some people lost all inhibitions, even muscling small children out-of-the-way.
“There was people who was physically putting their hands on people’s childs (sic) and moving them. It was unbelievable,” he said.
Next year a large tower will be erected and the 1000 vouchers will hang from rings at the top. Whoever can make it to the top and escape with a voucher will get free housing.
Section 8 housing drives up rental prices for working families and encourages dependency. It also allows criminals to be more mobile and afford to live in the neighborhoods of the people who have fled their antics. But the worst thing about section 8 housing is that it gives away housing that would be considered luxury – whole homes in many cases – to the poor and lazy while the hard working could never afford such things. Instead poor housing should be very modest and constructed out of solid concrete and very small but laid out in a two story townhome arrangement, a narrow living space of 300-400 square feet. And no additional resources if you have multiple children – the societal minimum should apply the same to everyone whether you make good choices or bad. Instead the blacks who have four kids by the time they are 18 get preference while the army veterans have to live in the streets. That isn’t fair.