As the scene turned hot amid some uncertainty about Section 8 housing vouchers, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) urged a reporter not to write a story about an event she took part in near a homeless encampment in Los Angeles. According to the New York Post, Waters attended the tumultuous gathering, which drew hundreds of homeless individuals due to a false social media rumor saying that Section 8 housing vouchers were being distributed.
According to the New York Post, …Waters tried to stop the publication of a news story about Los Angeles’ homeless crisis this week, reportedly telling a Los Angeles Times scribe: “You’ll hurt yourself and the community trying to put this together.” The Wednesday story by investigative reporter Connor Sheets detailed a March 25 incident in South Los Angeles, where hundreds of homeless people tried to obtain Section 8 housing vouchers after being misled by social media rumors.
The would-be applicants crashed an event held by the nonprofit advocacy group Fathers and Mothers Who Care, which had been meant to help the unhoused obtain emergency shelter. The confusion reportedly overwhelmed the non-profit as well as Los Angeles Housing Services Authority (LAHSA) workers who told the unexpected arrivals that they would only be able to provide their information and enter an emergency housing database. At one point, Waters told the crowd: “I want everybody to go home,” triggering an angry response...
One homeless disabled woman, Joyce Burnett, told the Times that Waters instructed the crowd to come back to the South Angeles office the following Tuesday with appropriate documents. “Maxine Waters was here, and she said to come back Tuesday with our paperwork filled out,” Burnett said. “I have it, everything they asked for. But every time we get near the front of the line, they shut the door. They opened the door about 20 minutes ago and said they’re not servicing anyone else today.”
When contacted by the LA Times Tuesday, Waters requested the story not be published, saying “it’s a bunch of rumors.” “You’ll hurt yourself and the community trying to put this together without background,” she told Sheets, according to the report. “I don’t want you to start trying to write it, you won’t understand it.”
The non-profit organization grew overwhelmed in the midst of the commotion, as did officials from the Los Angeles Housing Services Authority (LAHSA), who told the audience that they would only be able to capture their information and enter it into an emergency housing database. Waters enraged the audience when she said, “I want everybody to go home!” as the party became rowdier.
According to the LA Times, a member of the crowd yelled, “We don’t have no home, that’s why we’re here!” “Where are we going to live?” Waters allegedly replied by laughing and declaring, “Nothing is going to happen here today,” after becoming enraged by a query posed by a local nonprofit housing advocacy group.
“Excuse me,” Maxine Waters said, “nobody in Washington works for their people any f**king harder than I do.” “I’m not interested in hearing this.” “No, no, no,” says the narrator. As previously stated, Joyce Burnett, a homeless and handicapped lady, told the Los Angeles Times that the California Democrat instructed the crowd to return to the South Los Angeles office the next Tuesday to pick up required paperwork. “Maxine Waters was here, and she told us to come back on Tuesday with all of our paperwork completed,” Burnett explained.
“I have everything they requested. However, every time we come close to the front of the queue, the door is shut. They indicated they’re not servicing anyone else today when they opened the door around 20 minutes ago.” When reached by the Times on Tuesday, Waters said the report was “a bunch of rumors” and requested that it not be published.
According to the newspaper, she told Sheets, “You’ll injure yourself and the community trying to piece this together without context.” “I don’t want you to start writing it because you won’t be able to understand it.”
The New York Post went on to say, Blanca Jimenez, Waters’ district director, responded to questions from the outlet by providing a link to a local TV station’s glowing coverage of Waters’ appearance at the Friday event along with an image of Waters addressing the crowd. “Someone shared this photo with the office,” Jimenez wrote. “Isn’t she brave?”
Hundreds of individuals were misled, believing that housing vouchers would be distributed today. Congresswoman Maxine Waters saw the gathering and came over to give them the truth about the emergency housing vouchers and offer assistance. Posted on twitter by Ashley Mackey (@abc7ashley).
The homeless situation in Los Angeles has become worse in recent years, and it does not appear that it will get any better under California’s present leadership, with the homeless crisis at its pinnacle and continuing to rise to the point that it is the top issue in this year’s mayoral campaign. Homelessness is “certainly No. 1” among voter issues raised to candidates. “Public safety is a very close second,” one of nearly a dozen candidates, U.S. Rep. Karen Bass, told USA Today.