Editor’s note: This is part V of a series on homelessness in Auburn. It’s also the continuation of last week’s article, “Homelessness in Auburn: Reasons haven’t changed throughout the decades”.
Low-income housing is nearly non-existent in Auburn, and rental costs are skyrocketing. Those are only two of the issues that contribute to the homeless crisis in Auburn today.
“Having a job and working hard is not going to protect anyone from becoming homeless,” said Jessica Bartholow, legislative advocate at the Western Center on Law and Poverty, “not with the cost of housing being as high as it is right now.”
Last week the Auburn Journal shared the story of Bartholow’s family, Auburn residents who found themselves homeless in 1990 when they couldn’t afford to cover the cost of a rent increase on their east Auburn home. How does the Bartholows’ struggle with homelessness differ from today’s Auburnites’?