For nearly three decades, the Rental Housing Construction Program has helped subsidize rent for many of California's senior citizens and low-income families. But the program is about to run out of money. Starting January 1, the California Department of Housing and Community Development's long-standing program will end. Some Orland seniors count on the tenant-based program to help keep their rent low, and they say they don't know what to do. Senior Peaches Darby lives in the Orland Apartments. She lives on a fixed-income and can't afford to pay higher rent. She says, "Yeah I'm scared. I just started crying. There's no way I can pay $591 a month." Darby says she has no family left. She says she's been in touch with the state to see what her options are.
Dorothy Nevraumont says she has family that she can rely on if she must, though she doesn't want to be a burden. But she's worried about the other seniors in her complex. Says Nevraumont, "A lot of them are 80 or 90 years old. They probably thought they'd never have to leave here. Some of them don't have family. They break my heart. What are they going to do?"
According to the HCD, the organization is "working to find substitute financing for these subsidies to keep up the supply of affordable housing in California."