High Housing Costs Forcing Working Families onto the Streets 6/24/13
June 24, 2013
A church group was painting a mural for Family Promise Day Center to restore hope. These days more families are coming to the center in need of just that: hope.
"We have our bad days still but they're not as bad anymore," said a woman at the center who went by “Maggie.”
She says Family Promise is restoring her dreams of getting on her feet and one day owning a home.
She and her two daughters are all working but they still can’t afford an apartment.
"We weren't wanting anything like wow, just any little thing was too expensive," she said.
Their rent nearly doubled when the lease expired and she found herself homeless so she called Family Promise.
"This program isn't a hand out program, it's a hand up," said Tom Miller, the Executive Director of Family Promise.
He says over three hundred families have applied since they opened their doors two years ago. He is pushing city council to develop more affordable housing and adopt his ten percent plan.
"We have families who are out of homes so why not come in go ahead and build, take ten percent of your units, set them aside for affordable housing," he said.
"We're not in a position and certainly I'm not in a position to suggest any laws or ordinances that fix prices. That's not what you want your government to do," said Councilman John James.
Councilman John James says he’s a proponent of affordable housing as he favors using Community Developments grants for affordable housing. But, council can’t tell developers how to operate their business. He says various community grants and state money could be used to create more affordable housing.
"We can use those to encourage the creation of affordable housing," he said.
And back at Family Promise two cubbies for future families remain open and Miller says they will be filled by the end of the week.