Families and Individuals Finding Difficulty Securing Affordable and Appropriate Housing
On January 28, 2013, Philly.com featured a news story, “Displaced, Downtrodden in New Jersey”, reporting on a trend that has been of great concern to housing advocates in New Jersey – what will become of the displaced households who were already at risk of homelessness before Sandy hit?
The article profiles some of the neediest households who have been displaced because of the storm – those who were out of work due to injury and illness, worked minimum wage jobs, had bad credit and no income and who lacked their own transportation to work.
“The difficulty in getting low-income people into housing has been exacerbated by the loss of much affordable housing – which often means ground-floor apartments on the flood-prone bay side of barrier islands, said Olga Pomar, a lawyer with the nonprofit South Jersey Legal Services in Camden.”
Many of those low income, at-risk households have been shuttling between government shelters and motels and living in very bad conditions. And for those living in motel rooms paid for by FEMA, that funding ends at the end of the week.