Tag Archives: HUD

Our Front Door


Dear Ms Chiamulera (area supervisor for Related Management): Your letter to me on 4/20 was variously uninformed, unreasonable and offensive. When I do not respond to you please be aware that it is not because I agree with you; it … Continue reading

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A High-rise in Dubai; a Fire in Syracuse


Yesterday there was another McCarthy Manor fire, this time two apartments directly below me. http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2015/04/crews_responding_to_fire_at_apartment_complex_near_syracuse_hospitals.html What was not reported in the newspaper article is that this eight-story building, located at 501 S. Crouse Ave., is home to 176 people, more … Continue reading

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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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$71? You’ve Got to be Kidding.


It is 7:25 a.m. and the sun is peering bleakly through a haze. The temperature is eight but feels like -12. It is predicted to go up to a blazing 11 degrees this afternoon. “Niagara Falls freezes over” is today’s … Continue reading

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A Day in the Life of an Activist


It is 7:23 a.m. and the sun is rising over Syracuse; the temperature is zero. I always find zero a particularly dispiriting temperature, rather like a flat line on an EKG: everything has come to a halt; life is over. … Continue reading

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Poor and Sick in America: Me and My Neighbors


It is 7:26 a.m. and the sun is rising over Syracuse. Chimney smoke flows flat across the city: the temperature is -10. The snow plow in the parking lot below my window is irritating with its back-up horn. With the … Continue reading

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Recovery, Chronic Fatigue and Depression (Part III)


I had learned that the cause of depression is the perception of powerlessness; once I got my power back then I would be all right. Um, well, not exactly. Around 2009 I moved to another HUD-subsidized apartment building in Syracuse.  … 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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Resume of an Activist


Anne C Woodlen Syracuse NY 13210                                                          “Perhaps when we face our maker, we will not be asked, ‘How many positions did you hold,’ but rather, ‘How many people did you help?’” ―Thomas S. Monson In 2001 I began the work … Continue reading

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Death of a Citizen; Birth of a Christian


In the homeless shelter, I was required to apply for Social Security Disability (SSD).  In July 1991 I was declared totally disabled and awarded SSD; with that came Medicare and Medicaid.  Transitional Living Services got me out of the shelter and … Continue reading

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