City wants input from poor crippled homeless colored folk

So the city wants your input, well really not YOUR input;

People of low and moderate income, people who are homeless, racial and ethnic minorities, people of limited English proficiency, people with disabilities, and entities that provide services to these populations are specifically encouraged to attend.

Yet, they don’t want these people showing up to public input at the regular council meetings? What gives?

We don’t have an affordable housing issue in Sioux Falls, we have a wage issue.

I have often said our affordable housing program needs an entirely different approach. Instead of tearing down houses (that we could fix up for much less) and building new structures (that we take a hit on when we sell them) we could be using the money to re-fab older homes and apartments. The city gets about $2.1 million in Federal funds a year. You could fix up between 60-80 homes for that money instead of just building 20 homes at a loss. You could also set up financing, etc. which could triple that number easily.

Mayor TenHaken needs to clean house in community development and affordable housing and take a new approach that is committed to providing more core neighborhood cleanup than just a couple houses here and there and setup a program that focuses on entire neighborhoods instead looking for poor people to fill their quota.


#1 Knothead Peasant on 05.16.18 at 11:09 am

Everyone uses the label Compassionate these days even though it is not but will the Overlords take a cue from King trump and introduce us to a 21st Century “Compassionate Workhouse” They check in but don’t check out and work their stay off for a private business making things?

#2 D@ily Spin on 05.16.18 at 12:17 pm

I’m impressed. Finally, focus on half of city residents. Those that don’t play tennis, are not on the swim team, and can’t afford concerts at the Denty. People Huether pretended didn’t exist except on fridays when they were rounded up and jailed.

#3 "Very Stable Genius" on 05.16.18 at 12:43 pm

“Wages, definitely wages….. And my Daddy says I am an excellent driver too….”

#4 scott on 05.16.18 at 6:13 pm

put that steve guy on this committee.

#5 Rachel on 05.16.18 at 8:44 pm

We have an issue with pay and affordable housing. It’s a dual issue. You can’t srive a car with new tires if the engine is broken. That is a terrible analogy..but…

#6 "Very Stable Genius" on 05.17.18 at 3:12 pm

The Mayor claims he is meeting with developers next week to address the affordable housing issue in this town.

I hope they don’t just announce some new development or track of homes and think that they have won the narrative on this issue.

What needs to be done is wages need to go up; and they need to go up for workers in general and especially for construction workers.

Because if you raise wages for construction workers, then the help needed in that field will begin to show-up, and when it shows up, then the developers will have enough workers to seriously attack the development of median priced housing in this town; which is currently not being built because there are not enough construction workers to build enough houses to make the lower margins per unit with median priced homes in a voluminous manner through a greater development….. And because of this current condition, developers are left building only executive homes, which individually have a greater margin per unit and require few workers for such margins…