By Zoë Meyers and Cody Dulaney | inewsource
Linda McDowell had goosebumps soon after touring a downtown apartment just blocks from San Diego Bay. It was spacious enough for her 6-yr-old pitbull named Stella, and with a park down the avenue, it appeared great. She virtually couldn’t imagine it would be the first spot to call her possess given that before the pandemic.
On the way to the financial institution for money to keep the condominium, Linda sang aloud, “I’m gettin’ an apartment,” incorporating her own twist on the Sam Cooke basic, “We’re havin’ a celebration. Dancin’ to the music.”
For extra than a 12 months, Linda and Stella have been dwelling at a San Diego County-run lodge in Outdated City, which has been utilised to temporarily residence people today with pre-current health problems throughout the coronavirus pandemic. She is one of dozens of others who even now stay at the hotel as the troubled method is at danger of ending a month quicker than predicted.
The remaining guests have only a number of weeks to come across a new position to are living, or they will be despatched to a homeless shelter. A county spokesperson said officers are undertaking every thing they can to enable, and pointed to the selection of housing subsidies that have been supplied.
Linda is a person of 30 attendees who been given a Part 8 voucher, a variety of government guidance that assists low-income people fork out for housing, and it gave her peace of brain understanding she’d have fiscal guidance to include the $2,445 month to month rent. Even so, she has occur to find out how challenging it can still be to locate a dwelling in San Diego.
“It’s been a lengthy haul,” she mentioned.
The resort shelter program has been winding down because the commencing of the 12 months, and county personnel and contractors are meant to be operating with guests to help them locate housing. But for the previous a number of weeks, Linda said she hasn’t been acquiring the enable she requires, so she resolved to start out touring and implementing for models on her possess.
So considerably she hasn’t been successful and she’s concerned she will not be equipped to uncover someplace to reside ahead of the method finishes.
County officials nevertheless have not advised attendees when they require to be out of the resort, but time is functioning out.