December 31, 2011

PIGS AT THE TROUGH: A tenant ousted, a manager housed.

Francine Dorrance, a single mother, was already broke, unemployed, and struggling to recover from a nervous breakdown in summer 2006 when the Chelsea Housing Authority moved to evict her over $276 in unpaid rent.

After a judge approved the eviction, Dorrance became homeless. It would be almost five years before she would again have a permanent address.

But Dorrance’s misfortune was a boon to the housing authority official who oversaw her eviction. Five days after a constable removed Dorrance’s belongings, Jacqueline Matos, a housing manager for the authority, moved into the vacant apartment. Matos still lives there, continuing to pay just $25 a month in rent, a small fraction of what Dorrance paid.

It’s almost as if these programs are run for the benefit of those who administer them, instead of the people they’re supposed to help. Call for Iain Murray!

UPDATE: From reader John Steakley, a glimpse into the ObamaCare future:

Now change “apartment” to “hospital bed.”

Indeed.