Tag Archives: Housing

Dana, Bed Bugs and Related Management


Dana Natale, manager, McCarthy Manor Ms Natale was an exemplary manager. Her job put her in the middle between HUD, with its enormous load of regulations and ever-increasing number of forms to be filled out, and 176 tenants, almost all … Continue reading

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The Area Supervisor


I don’t remember meeting Leslie.  I’ve lived in “senior housing”—HUD-subsidized housing for people who are poor, disabled and/or old—for twenty-two years and the main thing it’s taught me is to not have anything to do with my neighbors.  I calculate … Continue reading

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Bedbugs and Sharon Sherman


Letters to the Editor Post-Standard Clinton Square Syracuse, NY 13202 To the Editor: Last year two plagues were visited upon McCarthy Manor apartment building:  bedbugs and Sharon Sherman.  The story published by the Post-Standard on July 7 (“Syracuse tenants’ group … Continue reading

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Answers to More Questions 2


Can a sixty-three-year-old divorced male on Social Security receive Food Stamps? Food Stamps have nothing to do with age, marital status or sex.  They are awarded based on poverty so, yes, your Social Security payments may be so low that you qualify … Continue reading

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A House for Christmas


Dear Shiu, I am often mindful of the day at Plymouth Church when you asked congregants to stand if they (a) had a college education, (b) owned their own home, (c) were paid a salary instead of hourly wages, and (d) lived … Continue reading

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Answers to Questions


Is VESID a good thing? Maybe.  Conceptionally, VESID (NYS Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities) is a great idea.  Putting it into practice falls on human beings with various levels of competence.  In Syracuse, VESID appears to be doing … Continue reading

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Do, Can’t Do, Won’t Do: People with Disabilities (Part I)


There are two vantage points from which to view disability.  One is public policy and the other is personal practice.             Public policy covers finances, transportation, housing, employment and health care.  Personal practice, in addition to those things, includes is … Continue reading

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