Escaping homelessness no cheap fix

first_imgFirst, there was the good news for Ginger Marcom: her name was pulled from the lottery for a coveted Section 8 housing voucher.Then came the bad news: finding a place would be a lot more difficult than she thought.Marcom, whom The Columbian recently featured in a series on homelessness in Clark County, is the single mother of two young daughters in Vancouver. She says she was evicted without cause from her home over the summer, and she has been struggling to get back on her feet since. She and her girls, 12-year-old Kaylynn and 10-year-old Emily, are staying with her sister while they look for a home.Marcom, who works full-time in Milwaukie, Ore., estimates she’s visited 15 to 20 apartments, townhouses and duplexes a week since she was approved for Section 8 about two months ago. At each place, there was some new reason she didn’t qualify. Some were due to her financial history. She has an eviction on her record and a bankruptcy. Others were due to the landlord’s refusal to take Section 8. One landlord told Marcom she knew “what kind of people” have housing assistance.“I thought a lot more people would have been willing to accept Section 8,” she said. “You can’t make everybody the same.”And late last month, two months after she was approved for Section 8 housing, Marcom was approved for a home — a duplex in her daughters’ school district. Now, Marcom has another hurdle to face: paying for deposits on the two-bedroom duplex which costs $1,449 a month. Marcom adds that she looked at more modest apartments, but this is the only home she was approved for at all.last_img

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