Letter To The Editor: Low Income Does Not Mean Low Class

Dear Editor,

I’m writing to express my frustration with the way management in senior developments relate to low income seniors.

My experience has been similar across a number of senior developments. I find that many of the young managers for the most part are demeaning, unconcerned and very partial to who they allow to actually have a chance of getting an affordable apartment.


I know what my credit score is because I check it regularly and that should not have a discernable impact as it is over 700.

Just because we are low income, it does not mean we are low class.

If trouble makers are not allowed in in the first place, the general public wouldn’t have such a negative impression of low income people such as myself.
I give my application fee, and fill out paperwork for credit checks,which I pass, never to hear from them. I have applied to a total of four developments before the buildings were completed and am still waiting for the return of monies given for a one bedroom apt. that turned out to be a two bedroom that I could not afford, therefore, still have no apartment.
I’m thankful that I have a roof over my head, and don’t have an immediate need, however, more monies need to be set aside for better customer service training of staff and diversity should be incorporated, rather than allowing only folks w Section 8 vouchers, and tax credit which is more expensive.
We need more 30 percent affordable apartments. With the way most seniors live today, 20 percent would allow us to have enough money to buy adequate food.


Carol – Concerned Senior Citizen