Alternative Housing Program Makes Successful Matches for Home-owners & Home-seekers
Rents are rising in Clark County. In fact the average rent for a two-bedroom, one-bath unit inched from $668 in 2010 to $716 in 2013; then last year it leapt to $924 – a 29% increase. As costs continue to rise, new solutions are needed to help people find an affordable place to call home.
Thanks to a Community Development Block Grant and the generosity of the Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA), the Alternative Housing program was created. It is now entirely funded by VHA and has Shared Housing Section 8 vouchers available. This free program links homeless, low-income individuals, couples or families with other home seekers in similar situations with landlords in Clark County.
It’s an affordable, mutually-beneficial housing program that fosters community, financial independence, security and self-sufficiency, all under one shared roof. And the program is successful! In just the past three months, we have served 28 people (room seekers and home providers), including Drew, Ryan and Bill.
Drew was homeless and came to Share in desperate need of affordable housing. He was sleeping outside or couch surfing at many different places. Living outside and the constant stress of finding a bed to sleep in was really taking a toll on his body, mind and young spirit. Drew works part time at Salvation Army, but does not make enough money to afford his own place. (cont. page 2) Click here to learn more about Drew, Ryan & Bill.
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