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Digging Deeper: City works to combat low-income housing shortage

TUCSON – We have an update on a story we told you about on the lack of housing for low-income and senior renters who receive Section 8 benefits.

News 4 Tucson has been digger deeper into possible solutions to the problem.

We told you about Lilly Rose Krugly, a 75-year-old grandmother on oxygen, who must move out of her apartment by the end of the month.

After our story aired, the Digging Deeper team received numerous emails, phone calls, and Facebook messages from viewers, as we brought to light the growing need for low-income housing. 

Here is what some you had to say: 

Lynn S. is helping a 78-year old friend who has to move because her rent went up nearly $200.00. Lynn checked at one apartment complex. They told her they were full, but to check back in a week. She did and the rent had gone up $60.00.  

Linda L. is a landlord who at one time accepted Section 8 housing, but she said the government is months behind in paying the rent.

Norma D. called to say her sister, who is in the early stages of dementia, is on Section 8 and needs to be out by September 1. Norma has called numerous services to find her sister a place to live but so far, her search has been in vain.

News 4 Tucson went to Ward Six City Councilman Steve Kozachik, who has also been in contact with Lilly Rose Krugly. He instructed the city housing department to contact her.

“Give her options, don’t give her one cockroach-infested option say take it or leave it, and we’re doing that with her. But, the reality is there is a housing shortage,” Kozachik told News 4 Tucson.

Kozachik also contacted the housing department and the city manager. 

“We have to find money in our budget and I challenge the city manager to do that.” He added, “It’s got to be a community effort. The city is not going to fix it alone, we need funding. We need partners. We need to hear from the landlords what their perspective is on procedurally on how we can help make their lives easier so they aren‘t jumping ship.”

 

Paul Birmingham

Paul Birmingham

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