Re-Allocate the “$20 Billion per Year” from Section 8 to “Buy Out Landlords” & *Give Rental Spaces to Tenants*

Summary:

For the next 20 years landlords will receive the same amount that they are currently receiving in rent.  Tenants receive the Title Deeds to their rental spaces, & the money saved by tenants (from not payin rent) can be used to fix up their spaces & live sustainably.  After approximately 40 years, Americans will save more than $20 billion per year in taxes, whereas currently there is no plan to get off our perpetual payment of Section 8, & the unsustainable living conditions that come with it.

This FULL petition can be signed online (below) &/or downloaded here- more information regarding logistics is provided below.

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Section 1:  Information About & Annual Cost of Section 8:

The often amended “Section 8″ of the Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C. § 1437f) was started  during The Great Depression, & today- after several subsequent amendments, authorizes the payment of rental housing assistance to private landlords on behalf of approximately 4.8 million low-income households as of 2008.[1]

In 2010, Over $20 Billion Was Allocated On Behalf of These Rent & Housing-Related Subsidiary Programs:

2. Rental Housing Analysis:

There are 43,267,432 renter-occupied households, containing 110,175,847 residents (National Multifamily Housing Council, 2016), & 3,213,000 vacant rental units (Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, 2016).  43,267,432 (renter-occupied households) plus 3,213,000 (vacant rental spaces) = 46,480,432 total rental living spaces available.

“Renter-occupied structures” include:

  • Single-Family Units:  15,194,827 structures with 47,652,188 residents living in them
  • 2 to 4 Units:  7,777,641 households, containing 19,008,529 residents.
  • 5 or More Units:  18,299,474 households, containing 37,831,895 residents.
  • Mobile Homes:  1,955,026
  • Other:  40,464

The vague “5 or More Units” category within the “Rental Households” section:

Rental building

The “5 or More Units” category also represents “rental towns” like Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village in New York City, where (in most cases) “all rental income is allocated to a single landowner” every month:

Stuyvesant Town rentals NY

[Above photo  use protected under First Amendment & Fair Use, from “Blackstone to Buy Manhattan’s Stuyvesant Town for $5.3 Billion” by ]

Examining “The Power Structure of Rent“:

Though many people haven’t given it a second thought, rental situations like those in the above photos are quite commonbut do these situations breed extreme wealth inequality?

Well, you may have heard that- on average- CEOs Earn ~355 times the amount of the average employee earns, while in fast food industries (& other places) wealth inequality is be even more divided:

Click to Enlarge:Bart worker pay bilboard

[Thank you The California Endowment for putting up the above billboard at the Cerrito Del Norte BART Station!]

“Wealth inequality” can appear even more obscene among rental situations:Rental Power Structure diagram

How The Above Scenarios Have Led to Gross Inequality in Land Ownership:

10% of the population currently owns 82 percent of the real estate (and 81 percent of the stocks and 88 percent of the bonds), & the top 5% of landowners [not five percent of the total population] own 75% of that land!

[Source:  The Land Lords: Some FactsNational Council of State Housing Agencies study, & Federal Reserve Bank data in Left Business Observer, April 3, 1996, p. 5]

How is This Even Possible?!?!

Well, according to Business Insider, 10 companies basically own nearly every major product on the market: 

Again, click to enlarge:

10 companies own everything

Which Brings Us To…

Statistics On Renters…

The Rental Class is Facing Real Hardships:

  • Half of all tenants nationwide pay more than 30 percent of their actual income in rent.  It’s considered the worst time in 36 years to be a renter in America- the highest cost burden recorded by Zillow since the real estate firm began tracking the figure in 1979.
  • One in every four renting households spends at least 50 cents of every dollar they earn on rent.

    [Source:  ThinkProgress.org]

  • Currently Tenants usually pay $500-$2000 per month in rent, while Property Owners tend to pay $500-$2000 per year in Property Taxes ( visit your local County Assessor’s office to research how much the annual fee for property taxes of your address costs).   Tenants currently are spend way too much for housing, & they don’t get to keep what they earn.  Because they pay everything they have for the cost of living- many will never qualify to purchase a home- thus becoming “rental slaves” for life.
  • There is no production of resources (no generation of GDP) through paying rent; the same money used to pay rent could instead be used to help families live sustainably & get ahead in life.  A “rent-dependent society” bogs ALL of us down & keeps us ALL from getting ahead- thus keeping our nation strapped in debt.
  • Landlords & Property Managers often create Arbitrary & Capricious rules & regulations which increase the cost of living for tenants by preventing them from living sustainably- growing food, composting, getting solar panels, improving building insulation, etc.  These typical & oppressive policies are destructive to the environment, ecosystems, & families in general, thereby forcing the family’s dependence upon the commercial system in a way which abrogates their access to Constitutional Common Law (which protects homesteading).

    Articles On The Burdens Tenants Are Enduring:

  1. Eminent Domain All Rental Spaces

  2. Give Title Deeds to The Spaces To Tenants

  3. Re-Allocate “the $20 billion per year” we currently spend on Section 8 in order to “buy out landlords”

Logistics:

We useEminent Domain” in order to “Take All Rental Spaces” & “Give New Title Deeds to the Rental Spaces to the Tenants who inhabit those spaces” via “Re-Allocating the $20 Billion per Year (plus State and local subsidies) we currently spend via taxes in order to fund Section 8 in order to “Buy Out Landlords” so they’ll receive “the same amount they currently receive from rent for the next 20 years”.  This gives us a strategy “to reduce taxes by over $20 billion per year” in a way that won’t cause economic collapsewhereas currently there is no plan to get off our perpetual dependence on paying for Section 8, & the unsustainable living conditions that come with it.  Along with their “Title Deeds to their spaces”, Tenants  will receive a copy of their “Rights & Responsibilities” as new owners, (i.e. code compliance, property taxes, etc.) as society is allocated heirloom seeds & educational materials to help people “live sustainably & with great abundance” from wherever they’re at.  The money saved by tenants (from not paying rent) can be used to fix up their spaces & live sustainably.

Blessed-are-the-meek

[Mathew 5:5, photo graphic from “Militia of the Imaculata“]

Please download this Petition to collect signatures in your area.

Real estate mogul Donald Trump on why he thinks “Eminent Domain is wonderful” when used to benefit the public:

A Second Video:  Donald Trump endorsing Eminent Domain:

Lastly- before we present the petition– here’s a relevant quote by Bill Mollison on “making peaceful revolutions actually work” from PermacultureMag.org:

Land ownership in U.S. is statistically unfair today due to early unconstitutional land grabs followed by inheritance of those deeds to many of today’s landlord class:

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Note:  If you have any questions, concerns, or statistics to bring to our attention, please contact Distance@WildWillpower.org.

Source LYNX graphic

Office of Housing Choice Voucher Assistance:  http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/hcv
[1]:  “Rental Assistance Is Effective But Serves Only a Fraction of Eligible Households”(PDF). Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Retrieved October 2015:   http://www.cbpp.org//sites/default/files/atoms/files/2-24-09hous-sec2.pdf
Rural Rental Assistance:  http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/396
Rural Housing Loans:  http://www.benefits.gov/benefits/benefit-details/401
Rural Rental Housing Loans:  http://ruralhousingcoalition.org/section-515-rural-rental-housing-loans
Home Investment Partnerships:  http://www.hud.gov/offices/cpd/affordablehousing/programs/home/index.cfm
Community Development Block Grants:  http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/comm_planning/communitydevelopment/programs
Housing for Special Populations:  http://www.cswst2.com/category/housing-for-special-populations/
Housing Opportunities for Persons With Aids:  https://www.hudexchange.info/programs/hopwa/
Emergency Shelter Grants:  http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/comm_planning/homeless/programs/esg
Supportive Housing Program:  http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD%3Fsrc%3D/hudprograms/supportive-housing
Single Room Occupancy Program:  http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/comm_planning/homeless/programs/sro
Shelter Plus Care Program:  http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/comm_planning/homeless/programs/splusc
“HOPE” program:  http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/programdescription/hope1
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development:  http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/hcv
United States Department of Veterans Affairs:  http://www.va.gov/
Veteran Affairs Supportive Housing:  http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/hcv/vash
The Housing Choice Voucher Program:  http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/hcv
[2]:  $17 billion/year for “Housing Choice Voucher Program”:  ncsha.org analysis

 

The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development website:  http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/public_indian_housing/programs/hcv
United States Department of Veterans Affairs website:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Department_of_Veterans_Affairs
[2]:  Federal Reserve Bank data in Left Business Observer, April 3, 1996, p. 5:  http://www.endgame.org/landlords-facts.html
[3]:  Geisler, Rural Sociology 1993, 58(4): 532-546:  http://www.endgame.org/landlords-facts.html
“Incorporated County Governments”:  about Vice Admiralty Courts:  http://www.u-s-history.com/pages/h1179.html
About The Treaty Clause of The Constitution:  http://www.heritage.org/constitution/#!/articles/2/essays/90/treaty-clause
Definition of EXTORTION on Black’s Law Dictionary:  http://thelawdictionary.org/extortion/
Definition of SUBVERSION:  http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/subversion
[4]:  Zillow Research Regarding “Worst Renters Have Had It In 30 Years”:  http://www.zillow.com/research/q2-2015-rent-mortgage-affordability-10268/#_edn2
[5]:  2013 analysis from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies:  http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2015/08/13/3691430/zillow-median-renter-report/
[6]:  Definition of “Gross Domestic Product” on Investopedia:  http://www.investopedia.com/terms/g/gdp.asp#ixzz42LxaCmCr

Definition of “HEIR” on Black’s Law Dictionary:  http://thelawdictionary.org/heir/

Article from The New York Times:  “More Americans Are Renting, and Paying More, as Homeownership Falls”:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/24/business/economy/more-americans-are-renting-and-paying-more-as-homeownership-falls.html?_r=0
Article from Breitbart: “Average San Francisco Rent Skyrockets to $4,225 Per Month”:  http://www.breitbart.com/california/2015/06/04/median-san-francisco-rent-skyrockets-to-4225-per-month/
Article from San Jose Inside:  “Silicon Valley’s Low-Income Renters Find Few Protections from Predatory Landlords: http://www.sanjoseinside.com/2015/09/16/silicon-valleys-low-income-renters-find-few-protections-from-predatory-landlords/
Quote on Moving to Production” by Bill Mollison:  https://permaculturemag.org/2016/02/bill-mollison-the-birth-of-a-global-movement/
About The First Council of Nicaea:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Council_of_Nicaea
About The Book of Nehemiah:  http://biblehub.com/summary/nehemiah/1.htm
About The Book of Proverbs:  http://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-Proverbs.html
Proverbs Chapter 22:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Proverbs+22
2 Kings Chapter 4:  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20Kings+4
About II Book of Kings:  https://www.enterthebible.org/oldtestament.aspx?rid=32
About “The Law Merchant” from Christ’s Lawful Assembly:  http://www.ecclesia.org/truth/debt.html
About The Hensiatic League on Encyclopedia Britannica:  http://www.britannica.com/topic/Hanseatic-League
“Fundamentals of Business Law” on Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-Business-Roger-LeRoy-Miller/dp/0538886579
“Permaculture Specialists”;  “About Edible Landscaping”:  http://www.rosalindcreasy.com/edible-landscaping-basics/

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