Category: Means testing

The bio-thermostat override

5 October, 2012 (09:16) | Air conditioners, Boston, Construction, Energy, Means testing, Property management, Public housing, Rental, Tenants, Utility allowances, Windows | 2 comments

By:David A. Smith   The weakest part of an automobile, my father used to tell me, was the nut behind the wheel.  It thinks it has free will, he might have added, and even if it didn’t have free will, it can certainly make noise, as we discovered a few months back with this ain’t-it-a-scandal […]

Overhousing, the sympathetic scandal: Part 2, Nowhere to go?

23 March, 2012 (09:16) | Affordability, Ecosystem, Housing, Means testing, New York City, Public housing, Rental, Speculation, United Kingdom | 1 comment

By: David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday’s Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post, on over-housed low-income elderly people (nearly all women) living alone in apartments that once suited their family but are now largely empty, demonstrated that however much the New York Times (March 13, 2012) and the Queens Times Ledger (December 8, 2011) understandably […]

Overhousing, the sympathetic scandal: Part 1, No place like home

22 March, 2012 (09:52) | Affordability, Ecosystem, Housing, Means testing, New York City, Public housing, Rental, Speculation, United Kingdom | 3 comments

By:David A. Smith   Can a scandal have no villain?    Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (l.), who once sat on the Committee on Aging, stands with Sen. Toby Stavisky to protest how the New York City Housing Authority went about forcing seniors to move out of their Pomonok Houses apartments.   Because this New York Times […]