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Section 8 afforded my family to move forward....

I had the priviledge of being a section 8 recipient living in the outskirts of Monkey Junction a few years back. I was a single mother of 3 and I seized the opportunity to graduate from Cape Fear in 2001 and then from UNCW in 2003 from Cameron Business School (same year I got married & came off of the program) while holding down two jobs. I was afforded the opportunity to do so successfully because I was able to raise my family in a safe environment. We are a very hardworking family and we take pride in paying our own mortgage, student loans, health insurance, etc. Yes, I admit, there are a few who abuse the system and could do more to better themselves. With that said, the government can't be trusted either. It's a broken system that needs to be fixed immediately. Please don't think that ALL people on Section 8 are lazy. We all want the best for our families, regardless of what class we happen to fall in. It is hard being a single parent in a city that does not provide enough high paying jobs so that one can afford to rent or own a home. The housing prices are ridiculous!! Look, I have several degrees and we had to make a decision to relocate to Raleigh for a higher paying job. I miss my birth town, but we just couldn't afford to live there anymore. A word of advise, please do not judge people who find themselves having to choose to live in a safer environment for their families verses living in a crime ridden community. Granted, things need to change in those communities for those who ARE there already. ALL children deserve to live without fear. Have a bless day! Sis Cass

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