If you’re one of the lucky people who live in your own house or apartment, you might look at a white picket fence and think the same thing I do: home, with all the positive associations that come with that word. But for many people who struggle to find or keep a roof over their head, they may look at the fence from the other side: as a reminder of what they don’t have.
Today on Think Out Loud we’re launching a new series called Finding Solutions: What Works and Why where we’ll try to explore just that — solutions to some of Oregon’s most pressing problems. Take the need for affordable housing as our first case.
We’ve done shows on the economy, on foreclosures, and on homelessness. Today we’ll explore some of the factors that lead people to need affordable housing, but, more importantly in this case, we’ll examine what ideas are out there to provide homes to more people. We’ll focus on people who are taking on different aspects of the problem of unaffordable housing and the people whose lives have been transformed by being able to find affordable housing for themselves and their families. In other words, the possible solutions instead of the problem itself.
Have you had trouble finding affordable housing? To rent? To buy? If you’re in affordable housing now, what led you there? Did you get help from an agency or program or did you get financial help that allowed you to get into housing? Have you recently moved from a shelter or from the street into your own place? How did you end up with your own place? What from your experience do you think would be useful for other people to know?
- Yesika Arevalo: Human Solutions client and anti-poverty family advocate
- Jean DeMaster: Executive director of Human Solutions
- Bruce Jaqua: Runs the Ready to Rent Program for Housing Works in Bend
- Sarah Buckley: Executive director of the Clackamas Community Land Trust
- Shaina Proctor: Homeowner