No room at the inn. No open waiting lists for...3 to 5 years, or less if someone dies. Rents are high. Wages are still not living wages. Seniors live on low and limited incomes.
Governmental agencies throughout the country have known that we are in a housing crisis. Some private companies are being creative and building small houses. Creative individuals are involved in the small houses movement; trouble is, there are not many places to put the small house. What is a person to do???
I was so desperate two years ago, I left a message for the Elderly and Veterans Affairs that they might as well kill me. Surprisingly, I was put in the program! I am required to pursue housing options, mostly subsidized housing. It is so discouraging. No lists are open, waiting lists are closed, yet, if I want to stay in the program, I have to provide proof that I am applying.
I have been applying. Housing Authorities with openings have not returned calls. I have been looking at trailers. The only places that seem to have affordable housing is in the north of the state, Tallahassee, for example.
If I have to move so far up north, I will be able to find something affordable, but...I will be alone. I love where I live. I have no car, but I am able to get everywhere I have to go by bike. I have a great landlord, neighbors who help each other and an apartment I love. Moving out of the area would be cruel.
There are non-government organizations that offer information on section 8 and housing vouchers. My landlord has had section 8 tenants. My counselor told me that all landlords want guaranteed rents. I doubt that. It's regular people who need the help. Landlords want to keep raising their rents; they want their profits! If non-government agencies have access to money and options, why don't government agencies do? Why aren't they able to access funds? Why aren't more low income houses built or made available? I feel somewhat hopeless, distressed.
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