In late May 2018, while mid his Chapter 7 bankruptcy proceedings to offload the $50,000 plus of consumer debt he’d amassed over the past 3-4 years, Mark Bunker moved into a federally assisted apartment complex.
Housing Choice Voucher Program Section 8, or “Section 8” is the federal government’s “major program for assisting very low-income families, the elderly, and the disabled to afford decent, safe, and sanitary housing in the private market“.
Section 8 housing benefits are reserved for individuals and families who really do need the help, not for career freeloaders who routinely solicit for financial handouts under what could be described as fraudulent grounds to make a living. On top of his years of receiving thousands of dollars of what are arguably tax-free handouts, Mark Bunker has a paying job, he makes an average wage in Florida (or so he said in his Chapter 7 filing) which places him close to double the 2017 federal poverty line. How would he qualify for very low income housing benefits?
Further, when Mark Bunker filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, he swore under oath that he did not expect an increase or decrease in his expenses within a year of his filing the bankruptcy application form – yet just three months after that filing, he did that very thing by moving into this federally assisted housing complex.
There are individuals and families who truly are in need for such help, many of whom are on waiting lists to get these benefits. Most of these individuals do not have the luxuries Bunker seems to enjoy.