For poor, wait for scarce rentals seems unending

  • Article by: RANDY FURST , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 14, 2011 - 2:14 PM

Affordable apartments are hard to find in the Twin Cities because of high unemployment and home foreclosures.

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liberaleliteOct. 10, 11 9:10 PM

I just realized how truly blessed I am. It is too easy to try to judge or rationalize why people may be homeless or close to it. And occasionally it might be true. But oftentimes people who judge others miss the backstory or are way off the mark completely. For example, think of the children who are pulled into these situations, through no fault of their own. They are made, just like every other human being on earth, in the image and likeness of God.

merrytrareOct. 10, 11 9:15 PM

This sounds more and more like a great depression. We have all those empty houses and all those people who need housing, and nothing can be done because this is how capitalism works--or doesn't work.

johndontOct. 10, 1111:22 PM

wishing you the best Theresa and Doobie!

oimmigrationOct. 11, 11 1:36 AM

It's tough being poor in America. The rich should try it sometime, and that includes our wealthy leaders in Washington D.C. You must walk in the poor's shoes to understand, thats if poor can even afford shoes. Poverty in America is a national disgrace.

lolson01Oct. 11, 11 5:44 AM

It would be interesting to know why so few vouchers are made available. This has nothing to do with landlords. Curious why the number of vouchers is so limited, but the article didn't explore that.

jakenateOct. 11, 11 8:07 AM

Empty houses everywhere. People looking for places to live. Is THIS how the housing market catastrophe started?

ellasauntieOct. 11, 11 8:13 AM

While my heart truly goes out to the good people who are struggling to find a home, one line of this article struck me: "Low income renters, some with spotty histories as tenants, are shunned by many landlords." ... What do those people expect? It's no different than a credit report - if you create a bad credit situation for yourself, you aren't going to get future credit. Same goes with renting - if you're a bad tenant, don't pay rent, are disruptive, etc., landlords aren't going to want you living in their properties.

landry1Oct. 11, 11 8:22 AM

I have 9 rental units, 6 moved this summer. It sucked. I had to lower rents and work my butt off to get them filled.

This is propaganda! My other investor friends agree that it is a tough rental market FOR LANDLORDS!

swmnguyOct. 11, 11 8:25 AM

What is there to be said? We're in a Depression. The main visible difference is that the Soup Lines of today are checks that come in the mail--if you have a home address. The longer we kick the can down the road, extend and pretend, and avoid addressing the insolvency and collapse of our financial system, the longer and deeper the Depression will be, and the more our fellow citizens will suffer.

RPomroyOct. 11, 11 8:28 AM

Despite the rise in homelessness and the number of households which need affordable housing, luxury condos are still being built all over the metro area. The effect of homelessness is especially troubling on children. This issue needs to be addressed right now! Where is the compassion in the Twin Cities?


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