I don't want to sound unwelcoming or uncaring, so please read this next post with the understanding that I am struggling to live in the paradise where I was born. that many of my fellow natives are moving to other states in order to live the American Dream because it's just too expensive here. That I can no longer afford a two bedroom apartmetn unless I want to live in the hood. And that a one bedroom may also be out of my reach. Not in La Jolla or a "rich" neighborhood, but in my neighborhood, where I pass by a house everyday that has weeds growing out of it's roof. with that said:
Many Hurricane victims have been relocated here while New Orleans is put back in order. Apparently, they have been interviewing them on the evening news. Many of them are expressing a desire to relocate here, and I can't really say I blame them. My coworker and I were discussing, though, how many of the people who have een displaced don't realize the cost of living here is so much higher than down south. that you cannot even rent an apartment, let alone a house on a minimum wage job. Here is my issue.
I realized today that many of the people who desire to stay here will because they are displaced victims of the hurricane. They will recieve grants and moneys donated for houseing, possibly enough to buy here. I too would like to buy here. but I cannot afford a condo despite the fact that I make way over minimum wage. In fact, T cannot get into a home of his own despite the help of VA loans.
But these people will move here, further taxing the apartment situation (rents will rise) and buying homes they can't afford using the government's money, which will inflate our housing bubble further, and make it more difficult for the people who live here to continue to live here.
No, I don't want to see the hurricane victims homeless. But do you really think it is wise to relocate them to one of the most expensive places in the states to live? Flood them into the heartland. there's plenty of room. Heck, I sometimes consider going out there too. I can buy a ginormous house there for what I would pay for a one bedroom condo here. grr.