Chaos Erupts As People Wait In Line For Section 8 Housing

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WYOMING, Mich. (March 24, 2014) — It’s been nearly four years since the Wyoming Housing Commission opened it’s wait list for section 8 housing.

On Monday, crowds by the thousands got in the line that wrapped around the building, hoping to fill out an application and get placed on the list. But, within minutes fighting and arguing broke out.

“It’s like the Hunger Games; that there’s people pushing…people being belligerent,” Elizabeth Sturm, a person waiting in line, said.

Wyoming police were brought to the scene to help keep the peace amongst the crowd. One officer could be seen standing on a chair in front of the door as people tried to push their way into the building.

“Stop. Don’t push forward,” the officer yelled. “You’re not getting anywhere…there’s only so much space her so don’t push.”

Witnesses told FOX 17 the fighting began when people started cutting in line. The area was initially taped off and orange cones were placed throughout the area to guide people to the door. But, it wasn’t enough to keep order.

“It’s date and time based (the application) and I think that’s why people are anxious to be able to get the assistance,” Wyoming Housing Commission Executive Director Rebeca Venema said.”We’re the first ones to open up the waiting list in this jurisdiction area in Kent County.”

But, for many people waiting in line they felt the housing commission should’ve prepared better for the event.

“When they do this again they really need to get a better system because there’s people that work hard and I’m one of them and I’ve been at work all night long and came out here and stood in this line and it’s not for at least 15 to 20 people to walk up and cut ’cause they’re out here to help everybody,” one woman said.

The housing commission said they’ll be open from Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. The last day to file an application is April 3.

“The volume this time has exceeded last,” Venema said. “A little rowdier this time.”

Sturm, who waited in line for several hours, said she hopes people will come together and be patient.

“We’re all poor people, we all want the same thing,” Sturm said. But, people how can we expect the government to help us if we can’t govern ourselves.”


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  • private

    What a bunch of losah’s! cannot even stand in line patiently without raising a ruckas! freeloading trash!
    Learn some proper decorum and etiquette!

  • tori

    maybe they should get jobs and work for what they want instead of getting it free. i'm 26 years old and already own my own home.

    • melewis1961

      If you had watched the video you would have realized that the one person that was being interviewed the most, got there after working all night.

      • Angel

        Melewis 1961- I am so glad someone in Michigan still has some common sense.
        It is sad that just because someone needs assistance people assume they don't work at all. I realize that is true for some people. But A LOT of people getting this kind of help do have jobs (even multiple jobs). It is horrible how some of these people were behaving today.
        I hope the people who deserve the help, get it.

  • Muskegon

    Let’s look at the bigger picture. There would not be such a long wait to be on this list if so many undeserving families took advantage of the system. I can guarantee only 1 in 10 of these folks work. Or have ever worked

  • jerry

    angel with her bleeding heart thinking they are great people. check the cars they drove up in better than most working people have. everone in line today should get a drug test and take there car away let them ride a bus and sweep the streets before they get anymore free living

    • Angel

      Jerry, you really shouldn't take my posts so personal. It seems like you are stalking every news feed I comment on just to say I have a bleeding heart. Well, at least I have a heart. Which is more than I can say about you and a lot of these other people leaving comments.
      You are just another racist blaming the world's problems on the minorities. That is very ignorant of you and everyone else who thinks this is a black issue. I live in a town where most of the white people are on welfare, so its not just a black issue. People from every race and every background are struggling with poverty. And a lot of people working jobs trying to make an honest living still need some assistance.

  • Xero Temp

    Free housing
    Free food
    Free cash assistance
    Free healthcare

    Who pays for this ?
    Are we helping the needy or do we "owe" them ?

    Cash for clunkers was tax payer funded too.

    Meanwhile working people are going under.