Raise the Roof: Thousands On Waiting List For Affordable Housing

The Jackson County Housing Authority says thousands of Oregonians are on the waiting list for vouchers and places in affordable developments. And they could be waiting as long as four years.

Posted: Feb. 13, 2018 10:23 AM
Updated: Feb. 13, 2018 12:13 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Oregonians are still facing a crucial need for affordable housing. The Jackson County Housing Authority says it has turn away thousands of families asking for housing assistance as the need outweighs what the organization can provide. 

"The demand for affordable housing has never been this high in our area that I've seen [and] I've worked here 18 years," said Housing Director Cara Carter with Housing Authority of Jackson County. "We have close to seven thousand families waiting for a housing choice voucher. And the other wait list for our affordable development... is about 14 hundred families."

To help lessen the burden of rent or mortgage payments, NewsWatch 12, Rockwell Real Estate and Jackson County Salvation Army are offering up to three months paid rent to one family a quarter. 

You can nominate yourself or a family in need by clicking on kdrv's community tab and selecting Raise the Roof. You can also click here. The submission deadline is February 16th. The Salvation Army will review nominations and make a decision by the end of February 2018.

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