I think it's appropriate with the upcoming elections to remind our elected officials (as well as those running) of the 'Want, Will and Hopes of the People' as outlined in our oldest, most precious document: The Declaration of Independence:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. —"
Somewhere along the way we lost sight of those principles. Wait, no - WE didn't - YOU did. Holding elected office is not supposed to be some cushy, administrative job where you take money and perks just to wake-up and put on a suit in the morning. YOU work for US. It's inappropriate for you - Councilman, Mayor, Congressman, Director, Board Member to have access to public funding and squander it or worse - misuse it.
When you know you have a housing shortage or problem in your area, address it in a timely manner. Address it appropriately - because housing is a RIGHT, not a PRIVILEGE.