Bush Plan For Drug Free Public Housing Is Off Base
A News Analysis By Terence T. Gorski
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Published On: July 22,
2001 Updated On: August 07, 2001
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Bush Plan For Drug Free Public Housing Plan Is Off
Ananda Shorey of the Associated Press reported on July 16, 2001 that
President Bush plans to eliminate funding for a program that has been
proven to rid housing projects of drugs and crime.
The drug elimination program, run by the Department of Housing and Urban Development,
provides $310 million in grants to municipal housing authorities for a variety of programs to help improve the lives of the housing projects' poor residents.
The current program is based upon a Public Health Model that addresses a
wide array of factors that contribute to drug use and crime in public
housing projects. The program provides tenants with a base of support
services aimed at reducing drug-dealing, crime and addiction in their neighborhoods.
The grant money is used to educate, prevent and treat drug addicts; hire security personnel and investigators; buy security devices, such as cameras and fences; and improve security and drug prevention programs.
One of the goals is to help people to get off and stay off of drugs by
providing group and individual counseling sessions that are often conducted
addiction counselors, many of whom are recovering addicts. Some of
the drug-elimination money is used to pay for a supplemental security force of residents. Participants get a $50 rent credit after they spend 32 hours checking buildings for suspicious behavior and hazardous conditions.
President Bush argues that the program does not work and that there are better ways to make public housing safer and help people straighten out their lives.
. He prefers to see an increased focus upon evictions, drug
enforcement with increased policing, and the use of faith-based programs
to drug counseling.
Here we see the misuse of the Faith-based initiative in action.
Programs that offer drug counseling provided by properly trained and
credentialed counselors in licensed programs is being replaced by a vague
expectation that faith-based programs using poorly trained volunteers
exempt from all quality standards and accountability will be able to do
the job just as well.
On the Net:
Department of Housing and Urban Development: http://www.hud.gov/
Housing Opportunities Commission: http://www.hocweb.org
National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials: http://www.nahro.org
Public Housing Authorities Directors Association: http://www.phada.org/pp-phdep.html
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