Published by Breitbart | May 9, 2022
President Joe Biden is importing many refugees who are too poor and unskilled to afford decent housing, according to media reports.
At least 100 Afghan refugee families who were dropped off in California are still living in hotels, according to a May 8 report in Spectrum News 1.
“The problem with housing is that … they need credit,” [aid worker Mahmood] Omid told Spectrum News 1. “They also need someone to have income, to work here and to provide the required document,” he said May 8.
“In Southern California’s tight rental market, finding permanent, affordable housing for Afghan families is still proving difficult months later,” said an April 13 report by LAist.com, adding:
“Among the families that IILA [International Institute of Los Angeles] received and placed into our community, we have between 75 and 80 families who are still in hotels,” Lillian Alba said, adding that most of these families are in L.A. County. “We’ve had landlords request six months of rent up front, so we’ve had families who were asked to come up with $30,000 dollars so they could move in.”
If Congress delivers more migrants, “We just will not have the capacity to provide the adequate support that the families will need,” Alba predicted.
But the 70,000 Afghans, plus the expected 100,000 Ukrainians — alongside the inflow of Haitians, Cubans, South Americans, Central Americans, and Africans — are also helping to worsen housing shortages. In turn, the shortages bid up housing costs for Americans — and generate extra wealth for landlords and real estate investors.
Nationally, rents rose a record 11.3 percent last year, according to real estate research firm CoStar Group. That fast pace of growth remained elevated in the first months of 2022, as many parts of the country continued to notch double-digit jumps in rent prices.
In many cases, several or many low-income migrants share an apartment or house, so allowing them to price middle-class American families out of good housing.
“Rents continue to rise at the fastest pace in decades, making housing costlier than ever for many Americans,” the Washingon Post reported on April 21.