MEDFORD, Ore. — Low-income residents in the area are having a harder time than ever finding a place to live. The Jackson County Housing Authority says demand for low-income housing is at an all-time high, and many are stuck without a home while they sit on waiting lists.
“It could take up to four years for a family to get into a low-income housing complex like this. The Jackson County Housing Authority says they have a waiting list over five thousand people long, the biggest they’ve ever seen, and it’s unlikely to get better anytime soon,” said Cara Carter with the Jackson County Housing Authority.
According to the Jackson County Housing Authority, high joblessness and low wages have more families than ever seeking affordable housing. They say waiting time is one to two years at best, sometimes double that. Meanwhile subsidies are drying up as well. 150 fewer families are getting rent assistance through the housing authority, about a 7% drop from normal levels.
“A lot of people that come see us are couch surfing. They’re staying with families. We see a lot of parents taking their kids back in, parents living with their children because they’re looking for a place as well. A lot of temporary housing situations going on,” said Carter.
The Housing Authority says the only way they see things getting better is if the economy improves or if more low-income units get built. Neither are likely to happen anytime soon. They say there no clear solutions. The only option for families is to get on as many waiting lists as possible and hope for the best.