Housing Rights Clinic set for Thursday

PALMDALE – The City of Palmdale and the Housing Rights Center will host a free walk-in housing rights clinic on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 1 to 4 pm in the City of Palmdale’s City Hall, 38250 Sierra Highway.

Housing rights clinics are held on the 3rd Thursday of every month in Palmdale.

The clinics provide an opportunity for residents to ask questions and receive answers about fair housing, rent increases, repairs and more.

The Housing Rights Center is a nonprofit agency that works to help provide equal housing access to all residents in the communities it serves. The Center assists homebuyers, tenants and housing professionals with free counseling services on fair housing law, public education seminars on housing discrimination and housing discrimination complaint investigation.

For more information, call the Housing Rights Center at 800-477-5977, visit www.hrc-la.org or call the City of Palmdale’s housing division at 661-267-5126.

  18 comments for “Housing Rights Clinic set for Thursday

  1. Lynn
    January 16, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    The LAST thing we need in this valley is any more trash talking, rude, pajama sagging, slipper dragging Section 8 scammers that don’t take care of their packs of kids in this valley.

  2. really
    January 15, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Housing rights???…..
    You have the right to save your money, put a down payment on a house and purchase the house of your choosing provided you can make the payment… If you cannot afford a house one will be provided to you free of charge… wait im confusing two different things…

    • Forward
      January 16, 2013 at 9:32 am

      Stats don’t lie:

      •Nationally, rents were up 4.6 percent, even as home values have skidded along near 2003 levels.

      •US Workers are mostly living hand-to-mouth these days ….. It’s the new American norm, the USA is becoming one of the worst Income Inequality countries in the western world…”

      •75% earn less than $42,000

      •50% earn less than $26,000

      •40% earn less than $20,000

      •The Median Income in the USA is only $26,000 a year.


      So, saving money to buy a house is getting more difficult and out of reach for most.

      Considering that the majority of jobs offered in the AV are retail, part-time, how are people who average $20,000 a year going to feed their families and save money to buy a house?

      Rents have gone up because people are flocking to the cities – where the work is, not in the AV. But that doesn’t explain why the rents have gone up considerably in the AV, except for the $afety-net of Section 8.

      Those who are on Section 8 are scorned by the very one’s who most likely rent TO them.

      But they love those secure Gov’t checks that come arrive on time and don’t bounce.

      Conservatives want it both ways – they want the Fed welfare checks $$ for their depressed properties, but complain about having to pay ‘high taxes’ FOR the Section 8 program.

      • really
        January 16, 2013 at 10:15 am

        Its not rocket science…. House values inflated, people took out too much equity or bought beyond their means, reality set in, people lose houses, people who lose house now need to rent house, people thinking of buying a home too scared to do so, economy goes south , the cycle goes on…. All this created an increased demand for rental and banks held onto vacant properties thus taking them off the market. Capitalism kicks in and increased rental demand equals higher rent. Also rent stayed high because many of the rentals were bought in the good years at a higher value. Even though a house is worth 80k now doesnt mean thats what the owner paid.. They may have paid double..Who would drop the rent below the level of the monthly mortgage on the property?

      • William
        January 16, 2013 at 11:01 am


        “Conservatives want it both ways – they want the Fed welfare checks $$ for their depressed properties, but complain about having to pay ‘high taxes’ FOR the Section 8 program.”

        Conservatives hypocrites?? Say it ain’t so. They are so simple minded that they can’t see it themselves.

        Now they want mentally ill people evaluated to prevent them from owning guns while at the same time fighting against the money to do it. Notice, they are unconcerned about ‘treating’ them in their discussions, just keep them from owning guns. What jerks.

        They want to outlaw abortion and, at the same time, cut funding for poor women and children.

        And, on and on.

        Time for the GOP to go away.

        • really
          January 16, 2013 at 1:46 pm

          Willie, keep drinking the kool aid…. So you are saying that anyone who owns a rental is a conservative… thats false… How on earth would you even know that a property owner is conservative or that the home is section 8? Your defacating from your mouth again and as always it smells like B.S.

          • William
            January 16, 2013 at 4:09 pm

            @really, one who’s full ot it. If the liberals were the people who rented out Seciton 8 homes in the AV and nationwide, you can bet that the tea party GOP would have put the program on the block like they’ve tried with Planned Parenthood, NPR, right out of the chute in January 2011, or Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, etc., since then. But, they’ve ignored it.

            Once again, you’re writing is so flawed, that it’s a real pain to translate into English. Google ‘Gish Gallop’. It describes the first debate between the President and Romney and your writings.

            If was a matter of deduction which you aren’t capable of.

            Conservatives here in the AV consistently target the fraudsters, which is fine, but you never hear them go after the landlords. Why do you suppose, bright-eyes? If liberals were known to be the majority of landlords of Section 8 properties, you know darn well the conservatives’ hair would be on fire.

  3. dumbandblind
    January 15, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    What we actually need here in the AV is RENT CONTROL! What good would housing rights be if tenants are unable to afford the rent in the first place.

    • Palmdale_Steve
      January 15, 2013 at 4:11 pm

      Rent control…seriously? There is no shortage of property to rent, to Section 8 tenants, why would it be a good idea to control what people can make off their own property? I don’t get it.

      • Forward
        January 15, 2013 at 5:01 pm

        The AVPress is full of rentals – and very few homes for sale. As long as investors and homeowners can write-off the empty houses on their taxes as a loss, post inflated rental home prices with Section 8 scams, nothing will change.

        I hope the city of Palmdale spends lots of time reviewing the city’s CCRs to those who attend

        • really
          January 16, 2013 at 10:17 am

          Your funny! What write off would a homeowner get by leaving it vacant? The mortgage interest deduction? That hardly works out…. Mortgage is far greater than the write off….

          • Forward
            January 16, 2013 at 6:50 pm

            Hmmmmm – guess you didn’t pass Property Management 101…

      • Lynn
        January 16, 2013 at 12:39 pm

        I’d like to reserve the right to have less Section 8 renters and criminals in this valley.

    • Fed Up Home Owner
      January 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Actually, what we need is less renters and more home owners. Let the renters go to Vegas or some other cheap, dirty place!

    • William
      January 15, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      All my life, I’ve lived where I could AFFORD to live. There are trailer parks, guest houses, studio apartments, roommates, even renting a room in house.

      I never expected to live in Bel Aire on the cheap. If you can’t afford Palmdale, go to Lancaster or to Rosamond.

      Where did this notion of “I can’t afford it but I still want it” come from?

      • sikntired
        January 15, 2013 at 6:59 pm

        William, it comes from feeling your entitled just because you breathe air.

      • Lynn
        January 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm

        I don’t want them in Rosamond either. They’re already polluting the area.

  4. dumbandblind
    January 15, 2013 at 11:17 am

    I wished they covered the topic about Mortgage Fraud as well. Educate people of their homeowners bill of rights: http://oag.ca.gov/hbor teach them how to save their homes if they are victims of predatory lending and outright fraudulent practices: http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/white_collar/mortgage-fraud/mortgage_fraud

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