Advertisements

The St Louis Contrarian

Providing Independent and Intelligent Insight on St. Louis Public Policy Issues

A Good Article Defending McKee

A good article from River City Ramblings with which I agree. https://stlpolitical.blog/2018/06/26/why-paul-mckee-has-unfairly-become-a-scapegoat-for-the-city-of-st-louis

Advertisements

Bad Landlords in St. Louis

Yesterday I attended a community meeting which was quite interesting. The purpose of the meeting was to consider contracting Legal Services of Eastern Missouri to legally go after bad landlords. The one landlord we discussed apparently has a Ponzi Scheme in which he raises money from people with the promise they get rich. Instead he pockets the money and leaves the units vacant and in a state of disrepair. There are actual legal remedies communities can bring against such landlords. They have been successful in Kansas City and other locations where tried. I am hopeful we can have some good results in St. Louis. Written by Paul Dribin

Children Living in HUD Assisted Housing Have Worse Health Care Outcomes Than Average

The finding comes from research commissioned by HUD. The results to me are discouraging for the following reasons:1. Public health advocates have said that better housing will result in better health care outcomes. That is not the case in this study.2. There must be something in the lifestyle of poor people that results in poorer health. What are the dietary, smoking issues.Here is a synopsis of the report:Does HUD Assistance Affect Child Health Outcomes?July 11, 2018    About 4 million of the 10 million Americans who receive US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) assistance are children. How healthy are these children? Housing policymakers and public health professionals increasingly recognize that housing is an important social determinant of health, particularly among children, as research shows that housing can significantly shape their emotional, psychological, and behavioral health and development. To fill the gap in research that previously relied on anecdotal evidence and case studies, a recent HUD study sought to identify the prevalence of health conditions and health care use among HUD-assisted children.The study provided prevalence estimates of the health of children ages 17 and younger in HUD-assisted households with those living in eligible but unassisted households and the general population. HUD assistance was defined as participation in one of HUD’s three primary subsidy programs: public housing, housing choice vouchers, and assisted multifamily housing. The authors linked responses from the National Health Interview Survey and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey over 14 years (1999–2012) to longitudinal HUD administrative data. The study explored differences in demographics, health status, health care use, and learning-related health status among the three groups, but the differences were not tested for statistical significance. The findings have important policy implications that suggest aligning housing assistance programs with health policy to potentially improve cost-effectiveness and health outcomes.Key findings • Most HUD-assisted children were black (52.2 percent) and lived in a single-parent, female-headed household (74.6 percent); 31.9 percent lived in large metropolitan centers. • Although 86.8 percent of HUD-assisted children had insurance coverage through public health insurance programs, they appear to have worse health status than the general population of children. • Most HUD-assisted children (84.4 percent) had a well-child checkup in the past year. Lower rates were reported for unassisted low-income households (80.2 percent) and the general population (76.8 percent). • The percentage of children with unmet medical needs because of unaffordability was similar among HUD-assisted children (3.5 percent) and children in the general population (4.4 percent). • HUD-assisted children (21.2 percent) are more likely to have asthma than children in unassisted, low-income renter households (17.7 percent). • 5 percent of HUD-assisted children had been told by a school or health professional that they had a learning disability.Photo by Alena Ozerova/Shutterstock

Loop Trolley Again

The Post wrote yesterday that there is still not a definite date for the start of the Loop Trolley. This is not a surprise. Furthermore when it does begin it will operate only from Thursday to Sunday from noon to 6pm. Does this sound like a winning program? (By the way last week I almost ran into a trolley when I was trying to turn right onto Lindell at the History Museum.). Written by Paul Dribin

St. Louis is a Poorly Run City

According to the website wallet hub, St. Louis is one of the most poorly run cities in the United States. This should come as no surprise to the people who live here or attempt to work with the city. I am constantly surprised by the advocates and housing folks who seem to like it. It reminds me of the wise words of Russ Rodgers, “No system is so screwed up that someone doesn’t like it the way it is.” Written by Paul Dribin

Biddle House and Homelessness in St.Louis

I have previously written that St. Patrick Center and St. Peter’s and Paul who jointly operate Biddle house, a shelter for homeless men, will soon give up their contract with the City of St. Louis who owns the facility. The reason for this decision is that the operation has proven too expensive with the operators losing upwards of $500,000 in the first year.On Tuesdays I volunteer to help serve lunch at Biddle House. I learned today that the City of St. Louis will operate the facility directly. This of course raises some questions;1. Do they have the capacity to run it? St. Patrick Center is a great operator and they could not be successful financially.2. Do they have the financial resources to operate it? Again, if others lost $500,000 operating Biddle, where would the city get the funds to be successful?3. It is apparent that Larry Rice who ran a shelter for years and was finally shut down operated on a shoestring.4. What does this say about the future of homeless care in St. Louis?Written by Paul Dribin

McKee Fight Heats Up

Big time north side developer Paul McKee has faced many difficulties in trying to develop his north side project. The city development agency has attempted to pull the plug on him. Now he and his attorneys are counter suing, stating that the city did not live up to its agreement. Looks like a long and expensive battle. Written by Paul Dribin

Investigation of St. Louis County Economic Council

www.stltoday.com/business/local/county-council-launches-ethics-probe-of-economic-development-partnership-port/article_efc116c2-c165-5919-bb1a-40da4f3b7a46.html

I am happy to see this investigation. I have been harping on the crooked nature of this organization for some time. With other scandals brewing it was not getting enough attention. Written by Paul Dribin

Editorial on Airport Privatization

www.stltoday.com/opinion/editorial/editorial-preapproved-more-reasons-to-believe-the-fix-is-in/article_f405859b-c11a-581d-ae16-292ce41be444.html

A good editorial form the Post-Dispatch.

Olive U City Development

www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2018/06/28/commentary-taxpayer-largesse-unnecessary-wasteful.html

A good editorial that appeared in the St. Louis Business Journal opposing a TIF for this project. Show Me Institute was author of article.

Post Navigation