Name: Saquib Naseem
Professors: Michael Gray
Date: Feb 4th, 2014
Dayton Public Housing
Torment in Disguise
Be careful what you wish for! Sometime we think grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, but when we get there, that is when we get our rude awakening. Public Housing depicts this story very well. Living in a public housing can be a blessing and at the same time it can be torture.
Public housing is where you can live and pay a reduced rent or have no rent at all depending on your income, using a sliding scale. It is great help provided by the Government to help people with low income or no income at all. It is a great relief that there is such help available for people who are struggling financially. If they want they can use this opportunity to make their life better. But unfortunately when we are dealing with general public, every individual has his/her own choice to make, whether they want to milk the system or they want to use the opportunity to improve their lives. When free/low rent is available to a general public we never know who will come in to live in the building you live in. The pool—the general public—is very large to choose from. It takes all kinds, to make this world. You never know what kind of person is living in any part of the building. He/she could be the nicest person who you want to make a friend for your life or it could be a devil in disguise, about whom your mother had warned you.
I have been living in Public housing since 2007. It has been an experience of a lifetime. During this time, I have met people, who were finest of the finest and I also have met people who were worst of the worst. Especially the people who might have some mental illness and I don’t know how to deal with them without jeopardizing my own safety and sanity. So I really had to watch out carefully, who I get close to without getting myself in any kind of trouble. I met some lady about two years ago and she looked...