Clock Ticking for Crossings Residents Waiting for HUD Vouchers
The Crossings at Fourth and Preston
The clock is ticking for people who rely on Albemarle County vouchers to pay their rent at The Crossings at Fourth and Preston in Charlottesville. The apartment complex helps homeless people get back on their feet, but county money to support the building is running out. Right now seven people who live at The Crossings are facing homelessness because of red tape. It's a crushing blow for these people who've managed to turn their lives around.
Albemarle County relies on money from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to cover vouchers that make it possible for seven people to live at The Crossings. The county has spent nearly $50,000 supporting these people since September. Now the county says HUD is stalling on waivers that would allow the county to hand out the vouchers. That leaves the people who depend on them to wait for answers and fear that they might end up on the streets - again.
Wanda Frazier was homeless for 29 years before she came to The Crossings. Certificates from rehab and detox, and pictures of friends who've stayed by her side are Frazier's reminders of how far she's come since August, when she moved into The Crossings. But now, the comforts of home are slipping through her fingers. Frazier says she is praying to stay. "I want to keep living here if it's possible. If not, I thank everybody here and I thank God for the time I did get to stay."
With a place to call home and a staff of supportive case managers, the people who live at The Crossings have made strides with their health, employment and behavior, but now they're left to wonder if this opportunity for success will disappear.
Erin Briggs, a case manager at The Crossings, said, "They were homeless for years before coming in and they got here and they were very excited to finally let their guard down. And here, once again, I think they're nervous that the ground's going to fall out from under them - to not have the stability of knowing that they're here at home, like we had promised them that this was permanent."
The county's chief of housing says the county has submitted all the paperwork and completed HUD's requirements. He says Albemarle taxpayer funding runs out on August 31.
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