Convince HUD to Update Their Resident Pet Policy in the Lease Agreement

Convince HUD to Update Their Resident Pet Policy in the Lease Agreement

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Linda Moore started this petition to Representative Trey Hollingsworth and

I have resided in the system of subsidized housing for a number of years. The lease that was incorporated 30++ years ago has created an obsolescence in the new millennium. Most of the low income population faces many challenges. Budgets and Grants for the purpose intended were not monitored and the much needed resources seemed to have leaked into multiple functions not associated with the original intentions.

The pet policy is one of the most important issues to those who live alone. The most unreasonable and inhumane part of the lease is the one-pet clause. Many have had to choose and part with pets that were part of a bonded pair. These little pets are the children of our seniors and deserved serious consideration with the utmost respect than is given at this time. If a potential resident has a bonded pair of dogs or cats, they should remain with the owners, regardless. The pain and suffering that this issue has caused has cost the department of human services [Medicaid] billions of dollars. HHS has paid for the medications and therapy for depression. When the singled out pet passes away it increased the blow to the pet parent where they are left with a feeling of being shot in the heart. Some never recover.

I have experienced this first hand. Everywhere I look I see seniors who are saddened and depressed. Most instances are so severe that within months the senior has passed away with a broken heart. There are too many seniors in this country who are lonely and could have avoided this part of the process.

So as a message to Congress and HUD I am requesting that you think of the benefits we all could enjoy as part of this empathetic change. An amended pet policy to include pets who are a bonded pair or add an additional pet to the current family would result in:

1. Pets provide a well balanced lifestyle.
2. Pets provide safety.
3. A source of exercise.
4. Pets and their human parents live longer.
5. Pets are a great anecdote and comfort for loneliness.
6. If there are two pets the owners have a buffer for grief when one passes away.
7. Pets have their buddy for companionship when parents are away on errands.
8. Pet buddies travel better and entertain in other venues for their enjoyment.
9. Pets reduce the cost of their parents' medical bills, prescriptions and therapy.
10. Decreased stress, blood pressure and elevate moods and encourages better social skills.
11. Couples appear happier/that little face can be an opener to settle differences.
12. Your pet usually always opens a new conversation.
13. Pets keep grandchildren settled in stressful situations.
14. And, reduce a critical over-population of animals in the animal shelters.

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