30,000 line up for housing vouchers, some get rowdy *| ajc.com
How's that Hope and Change working out for you? Or is this all Bush's fault?Thirty thousand people showed up to receive Section 8 housing applications in East Point Wednesday, suffering through hours in the hot sun, angry flare-ups in the crowd and lots of frustration and confusion for a chance to receive a government-subsidized apartment.
The massive event sometimes descended into a chaotic mob scene filled with anger and impatience. Some 62 people needed medical attention and 20 of them were transported to a hospital, authorities said. A baby went into a seizure in the heat and was stabilized at a hospital. People were removed on stretchers and when a throng of people who had been waiting hours in a line were told to move to another line, people started pushing, shoving and cursing, witnesses said.
Channel 2 Action News reporter Mike Petchenik said fights were breaking out and police had to stop people who were storming the door.
And to top it all off, they were just handing out the applications today. The same scene will take place tomorrow when people can start turning in the applications at 9 am. And all of this - to be placed on a waiting list. There are no available openings at this time.