The crisis in affordable housing is growing across the state and the nation. In the Midlands, leaders of organizations such as Homeless No More and Haven Home are joining forces to help solve the problem. But long waiting lists conspire against families, students and the elderly to obtain safe and affordable housing.
Reporters Nick Sullivan and Christine Bartruff wanted to take a deep dive into the issue during the fall of 2021. The result was three in-depth stories that illuminate the human and social cost of failing those who live in poverty.
Among their findings: Three years after the closure of one of Columbia’s largest and oldest public housing projects, former residents still struggle to find apartments that are affordable and free of crime. Please take time to read these stories.
Columbia has 1,684 affordable units, about half the number available in 1998. Here’s how local organizations are working to improve the housing shortage.
Three years after a fatal gas leak forced them from their homes, former Allen Benedict Court residents say they are still looking for safe and permanent housing options.
Different federal agencies have different definitions of “homeless,” causing some, such as students and families, to slip through the cracks.