The city’s affordable housing program is an admirable goal, but its execution is far from laudable (“Low-income housing OK’d,” Nov. 19). “Affordable housing” is meant as a euphemism for “low-cost housing,” but I beg to differ from the city’s apparent accepted definition of “low-cost.” A one-bedroom anything at $1,400 isn’t “affordable housing.”
Most of those in the salary range targeted for the city’s affordable housing programs are what the government likes to call “the working poor” — those individuals among us who can actually perform physical labor, get up and go to a job. No one seems to be considering the elderly and disabled.
The maximum amount either one can receive from Social Security is about $2,200 a month, roughly $26,000 a year. But again, that’s the maximum. Most Social Security recipients have to sustain on far less, and all of them have to pay into Medicare at up to $100 or more a month, and that doesn’t even come close to covering all their medical expenses.