I shared the story of Cheryl Canson, who’s currently homeless as a result of a zero-tolerance policy for Section 8 tenants, on KPBS’s “Midday Edition” last week and on KPBS news Thursday.
The policy pulls an entire family out of Section 8, a federal rental assistance program, when one family member or guest commits a crime in the home. Canson and her two youngest children lost their Paradise Hills house last year after Canson’s adult son abused his infant child in the home.
On the roundtable, I joined 10News investigative reporter Mitch Blacher and Los Angeles Times San Diego Bureau Chief Tony Perry to talk more about the story. I broke down how the policy could actually cost taxpayers more than they’re saving when a family leaves Section 8.
We also discussed a 10News report on faulty freeway guardrails and sequestration cuts to the military.
The story appeared on Thursday in a traditional radio feature. You can hear it here.
Speak City Heights is a media collaborative, so I shuttle back and forth between Voice of San Diego and KPBS to file my stories for radio, television and the web.
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Megan Burks is a reporter for Speak City Heights, a media project of Voice of San Diego, KPBS, Media Arts Center, The AjA Project and El Latino-San Diego. You can contact her directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 619.550.5665.