One organization speaking out as more people experience homelessness in the first state

DELAWARE – There’s a headache in the housing market in the first state.

Some simply just can’t afford to buy a home and that’s why one organization is stepping up to help those who need a home.

“Housing isn’t something that we can do without, housing isn’t something that people can live without everyone needs safe decent housing, it’s a need not a luxury. and we need to start treating it that way,” says Rachel Stucker, the Executive Director for the Housing Alliance Delaware.

Many people across the first state simply can’t afford housing, so one local organization is trying to bring the problem to light.

“We have more families with children than ever who are living in homelessness, unstable housing situations or temporarily sheltered in hotels in motels because there’s nowhere else for them to go,” says Rachel Stucker, the Executive Director for the Housing Alliance Delaware.

One local realtor tells us buyers are being pulled in too many financial directions:

“We’re seeing less buyers because of all those factors, the interest rate, the inflation, you know with gas and food it’s just costing so much more for families to live now and then you add the interest rate,” says a Delaware realtor, Pam Price.

Realtor Pam Price says combining all of those factors it makes you qualify for a lot less than you were pre-approved for. Not to mention, to get in a home many Delawareans are trying to rent, however, that still isn’t working.

“Even if they have a housing voucher even if they have housing help, they’re finding themselves stuck because landlords or property owners won’t accept that voucher as a form of rental payment,” says Rachel Stucker, the Executive Director for the Housing Alliance Delaware.

Essentially creating a lose-lose situation. Price says she’s also seeing the same issues with landlords.

“A lot of the landlords have decided to sell their rentals at the peak of the market which has left a lot of renters out on the street to the point where we have clients that are 2.58 living in hotels or campers,” says a Delaware realtor, Pam Price.

That is why the Housing Alliance says affordable housing is so crucial right now.

“We need to build housing and we need to subsidize housing to make it affordable to the people who live and work in the state,” says Rachel Stucker, the Executive Director for the Housing Alliance Delaware.

Stucker says this is good for anyone, whether it’s kids, employers, or families, it doesn’t matter. And the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to the homelessness issue but the market is shifting so it’s a good time to sell or buy.

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