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Homeless woman's video blog points to lack of affordable housing in Cleveland

CLE woman lives in car after losing home
Posted at 5:52 AM, Nov 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-21 16:10:50-05

A Cleveland woman's video blog points to northeast Ohio's growing lack of affordable housing.

The video clips show what it's like to lose your home, live in car, and then try to find an affordable place to live.

The woman, who didn't want to be identified, told News 5 there is no way she could find an apartment based on her current budget.

The woman took video of how she now spends plenty of time at local libraries, looking for a job, and is now forced to conduct personal hygiene at public bathrooms.

The woman outlined the long waiting list for CMHA housing, a waiting list Cleveland's City Mission said will likely expand to 64,000 applicants vying for some 10,000 units next year.

The woman additionally told News 5 she had been living in two hotels, and for that reason has been denied employment.

Linda Uveges with the city mission said much more must be done to create additional affordable housing units, but said it's not likely HUD will come up with additional dollars in the near future.

Uvegas said the city mission has now launched its New Horizon's program, hoping a growing number of local churches will sign on to help renovate houses from the Cuyahoga Land Bank.

Uveges said the average person working minimum wage jobs would have to work more than 70 hours a week to just afford a Cleveland apartment.

"The numbers just don't add up," said Uveges.  "Unless we make changes, more working homeless will be losing their homes."