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Letter to the Editor

BY DI READERS | DECEMBER 06, 2012 6:30 AM

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What’s the next step?

Before the city councilors have any thoughts of financial aid to the Taft Speedway and Idyllwild residents, financial aid should be given to the residence of Dolphin Point.

The Iowa City Housing Authority has broken its contract with the Dolphin Point housing management, therefore 40 or so families and disabled persons receiving Section 8 Housing Assistance will have to leave at the end of their leases.

These are people of limited financial means, while the residents of Taft Speedway and Idyllwild are solidly middle to upper class.

The soon to be evicted residents of Dolphin Point will have trouble finding suitable housing because few landlords are willing to accept Section 8. But the residents of Taft Speedway and Idyllwild, because of their income and class, can find ample landlords willing to rent or sell to them.

Unless the Iowa City Housing Authority is willing to aid the people of Dolphin Point financially or otherwise in their search for suitable affordable housing, these people will be homeless, not because they did not pay their rents, but because of a choice of the Housing Authority made.

It is true that Taft Speedway and the Idyllwild were victims of a natural disaster, but what Councilor Jim Throgmorton and Mayor Matt Hayek should do is make sure that no building permits should be granted to build on a floodplain or in a dry creek bed, no matter the prediction of 100-year or 500-year floods. And people who seem willing to live in such an area should be reminded that if they can see the river, the river can also see them.

Of course, I feel that the residents of Taft and Idyllwild were taken advantage of. But on the on the other hand, I sensed as these people who sit in the council [are] highly educated but allowed the bling of the neighborhoods to blind them to obvious facts.

Then, too, they may be victims of unscrupulous real-estate agents and mortgage lenders. However, they must take the responsibility for acquiring adequate flood insurance and not think that the city will bail them out.

Mary Gravitt
Iowa City resident


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