While housing costs seem to be on par with market rates in other areas, I don’t believe housing is accessible to everyone. I think for certain populations and for people with barriers, whether they are homeless or don’t have the capabilities or the financial resources, access to housing can be very difficult here and there is a shortage.
I know for me, I could not have accomplished it without everyone’s help – I just don’t have the resources to come up with a huge deposit on a new apartment. Neighbor to Neighbor helped with that. Beyond needing help finding new housing, I also needed help with the move due to a hand injury and surgery. Housing Catalyst, in addition to other community agencies, were instrumental in organizing the necessary help to get me packed, moved and unpacked in my new place.
As for myself, one change I would like to see is more homeownership programs and opportunities for people on limited incomes. This would be a great option for someone like me who wants very much to stay in this community and work towards homeownership.