More Affordable Housing Needed for Low-Income People
Organizations such as the Columbia Housing Authority help find affordable housing for low-income persons or families.
"I prefer the definition of workforce housing to try to get our police officers, our school teachers, our childcare workers, to have housing they can afford," said Carol Van Gorp, director of the Columbia Board of Realtors.
The policy committee said housing costs in Columbia rose only 17% in the past 5 years, and that's a lot less than the national average. The committee defines affordable housing by limiting mortgage or rent, utilities and other related costs to 38% of a homeowner's income or 30% for a renter's income.
"I wish that we can maybe build another housing authority for more homes, for more families, to be able to come in," added Stevens, "because it's a really long waiting list that you have to go on. I was on a waiting list for like, 9 or 10 months."