Women and children hurt most by eviction

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  • CarrLawUtah South Jordan, UT
    Sept. 3, 2014 10:39 p.m.

    So what is the alternative? Force the owner of the property to allow someone to live rent free until the owner cannot pay the mortgage anymore. I have been an eviction attorney in Utah for a while and there is no doubt that some people can be harmed. But in a lot of the evictions I have seen, the owners of the residence almost lose the property in foreclosure because the tenant is not paying the rent and the owners use that rent payment to turn around and pay the mortgage. Evictions are an unforunate situation for everyone but we cannot force individual landlords to carry the financial burdens of someone else.

  • DistantThunder Vincentown, NJ
    March 2, 2013 1:17 a.m.

    No mention of why the father went to jail. No mention of why these women can't move in with extended family or friends. Leaving these details out of the story makes the story dishonest - as if this calamity "happened" to these folks, and they didn't have a friend in the world. Where are the grandparents, aunts, co-workers, neighbors, friends? The story doesn't make sense without knowing this information.
    PS. We took in friends - a family of 8 for 4 months. Also a neighbor, and her 2 children for 2 months. Other friends of ours took in a family of 7 who lost their home in a fire. I know many people who have done this, so where were these families' natural support systems?

  • Liberal Ted Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 28, 2013 3:06 p.m.

    What about the landlord and his family that has to subsidize the housing until the people either pay the rent or leave? I'm sure they are also hurting.

    What might help the situation the most, is if there were jobs being created. Rather than finding ways to redistribute what little resources that are left.

  • terra nova Park City, UT
    Feb. 27, 2013 9:37 p.m.

    I am glad that the woman featured in this article got help. I have compassion for women who are trying to raise a family... they are like handcart pioneers pushing through the snow, doing all they can... and we are eternally wrong if we do not reach out and help if we are able.

    Were there bad decisions? Sure. It was stupid for the Martin and Willie handcart companies to leave so late in the season. It was idiotic to build carts out of unseasoned wood. They were warned about early snow by those who had traveled that way before... but they went anyway.

    Does that mean that we have no obligation to bring them in from the cold or help them? If so, we are "in the gall of bitterness and the bonds of iniquity."

    Was their plight really any different than this woman's story?

    Shame on those who can, but will not help.

    One day they will be asked if they ever heard these sobering words, "If ye have done it unto one of these, the least of my brethren, ye have done it unto me."

    We must help.

  • UteMiguel Go Utes, CA
    Feb. 27, 2013 6:05 p.m.

    The article complains that welfare stipends are not large enough to cover high rents. Basic economics would suggest that if you increase welfare amounts, the cost of rent will go up (pricing more working families out of the market). It is sad to see the difficulties this family is facing. But the solution for society in general is obvious. Don't have nine kids if you can't afford to support them. Don't commit crimes that will land you in jail if you are responsible to support nine kids.
    For this particular family, it is awesome that their church and a local nonprofit are helping them. That is the way it should be.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Feb. 27, 2013 6:37 a.m.

    It costs more to publicly shelter a family than to cover a few months rent for a family going through an unusual issue.

  • Really??? Kearns, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 6:41 a.m.

    Let's think this through, the woman featured in this article doesn't make enough money to support her family of nine children while her husband is incarcerated. While I feel bad for her situation, it appears that some poor choices have caused this problem. As a couple, they chose to have more children than most families could support. How are they to provide a quality, secure life for that many children? Her husband obviously made some poor choices that now make the financial situation even worse.

    The woman has some tough decisions to make to provide safe and secure homes for her children. Does she have family members who could act as foster parents to her children while she works on getting her own life in order?

  • justamacguy Manti, UT
    Feb. 26, 2013 2:57 a.m.

    Yep, men never get hurt. Especially white men.

  • MemoFromA Demo SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 9:54 p.m.

    The last line of the article reads, "The problem is, most people don't find out about us until it is too late,"

    The problem is, women are hurt most by being sexually active before they are married; and
    Women are hurt most by having babies out of wedlock; and
    Women are hurt by having children by multiple men; and
    Women are hurt by shacking up with dead beat men;

  • Mint Julip KAYSVILLE, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 7:13 p.m.

    Boy you would never guess this is a Christian paper by the comments.

    “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it.” Stephen Cobert

    Also, did anyone commenting here bother to notice that minority women are grossly overrepresented in the eviction statistics and payed significantly less for the same job as their white male counterparts?

  • kargirl Sacramento, CA
    Feb. 25, 2013 6:56 p.m.

    Good to know some who read this article are doing all the right things and have reaped those rewards, including the good fortune to be able to find the education where they needed to, fund it, and find not only employers along the way who gave them opportunities to show their skills, but the careers that enabled them to live and finance the lifestyle enabling them to not be so concerned about paying bills and even enjoying life a little. Not even all the people who do all the right things find the openings to prove themselves in either training, educational, or employment settings. It may be because of many things. It might be even due to medical reasons, age, or a personal quirk of the person doing the interview. Yes, folks, interviewers are human and not always fair, and we on the other side have to live with it, can't always avoid it, and may end up, if we came before a solution was made, living with it, to our detriment. ADA offered many an opportunity to try. So before you criticize, walk a mile in their shoes, mentally, then be thankful for your blessings.

  • carman Wasatch Front, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 4:38 p.m.

    The solution is not public housing. Have you been to the projects in South Philly? How about Dorchester, MA? These are crime infested, HORRIBLE places to live.

    The real answer is education, and people learning that the behavior of family members/spouses can cause incredible harm to their families. Blaming the landlord is like blaming the gas station for not giving free gas to anyone with a hard-luck story. Sadly, we enable lifestyles of dependence with these government programs, rather than addressing the underlying problems. And dependency on government programs has been shown to be a multi-generational problem that is passed from parent to child.

    Focus on solving the underlying problem rather than the symptoms and the odds of longer-term success will increase.

  • Mr_Normal utah, UT
    Feb. 25, 2013 3:42 p.m.

    When I have single mothers with their children AND multiple "companion animals", who have their bills paid for by some government program, trashing my apartments and making my other tenants call the police you betcha, I'm evicting them.
    If these women would just decide to leave the drama in their past instead of dragging it along in their and their children's lives they would fare far better in this life.

    But some people just can't live without their drama.

  • bald man running ,
    Feb. 25, 2013 2:25 p.m.

    "Eviction is a problem that disproportionately affects America's poor"

    Really? So is harassment by debt collectors. So are a plethora of problems that stem from people NOT PAYING THEIR BILLS. Of course the "poor" are going to be "effected" more by those problems.

    News flash: "Problems that stem from being poor disproportionately affect poor people." And while you're at it: "Top-of-head sunburns disproportionately affect bald people." and "Ovarian cancer disproportionately affects women."

    Shall I go on? Ridiculous premise for an article.

  • Kramer's Corner Penryn, CA
    Feb. 24, 2013 10:01 a.m.

    There are no easy sollutions! Public housing is a poor approch at easing the problem. Landlords have bills and obligations they must meet. They are not all evil and serve a need in our society.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 24, 2013 7:52 a.m.

    A foolish premise and a foolish article.
    Next time, women and children hurt most by felony convictions.
    Or, women and children hurt most by unemployment.
    Or, women and children hurt most by higher milk prices.
    Or, women and children hurt most by sunburn.
    Or, women and children hurt most by tax increases.
    Pick a topic; we'll make it fit.
    Whatever happened to the NEWSpaper? I'm tired of these themes written for a sociology class.