Nowhere To Live - State Rent Subsidy Program Runs Out Of Money
FOWLER, Calif. (KMPH) —
Hundreds of senior citizens and disabled people across the Central Valley are worried they may have nowhere to live. A state program that helps people pay their rent is out of money.
Ruby Court Apartments in Fowler is one of 39 complexes across the state of California with residents that are losing their rent subsidies. People who live at the complex say they're worried they're going to end up on the street.
"It's really scary to not know where you're going to be," says Carmen Hart who is losing her rental subsidy.
Hart and 30 of her neighbors are losing their rental subsidy on January 1st when money from the state run program "RHCP" runs out.
"We're the ones that worked our bottoms off for this country for years," adds Hart, "Now, we're not that important anymore."
People who are losing their subsidies have received notices from apartment management telling them to attend meetings. At those meetings they've been told of their options, but so far the only one is to apply for section 8 vouchers. The problem is it's a lottery system, so the chances of winning a voucher are slim.
Most people who receive the subsidy say they pay $232 a month for rent. Without the rebate rent will go up to $578, which is more than double.
A representative the California Department of Housing and Community Development says they're trying to find a solution. However, he adds they haven't had any success and efforts by the legislature to fund the program have gone nowhere.
So, why did money for the "RHCP" program run out of money? The agency that runs the program says lawmakers approved it for as long at the annuity that funded it lasted. The annuity ran out sooner than expected, because of unexpected repairs to the apartment complexes.