Affordable Housing: The need is great & all around us

Consider these numbers:

  • Here in Wake County 44% of renters (56,066 households), have difficulty affording their homes;
  • 49,000 low-income households spend between 30% and 50% of their income on housing, and are considered housing cost-burdened;
  • A two-bedroom apartment in Apex averages $1,158 a month, but the average renter can only afford $817 a month;
  • In 2015, Wake County had an unmet housing need of ~56,000 affordable units;
  • In 2016, 15,668 Wake County families faced eviction.

The issue of affordable housing (also known as workforce housing) hits close to home at Western Wake Crisis Ministry as we see more and more people walk through our doors seeking financial help, or needing food. These include working families and elderly citizens of Apex having difficulty affording increasing expenses. As we work toward developing more sustainable solutions for those we serve, access to housing that is affordable needs to be – and will be – an important part of our conversation.

We’re starting with a call to those in our community who have property they would like to rent at an affordable rate. We invite landlords (especially private landlords) to partner with us in establishing the HOME Project. Please contact Annika Spivey (annika@wwcm.org) if you would like to be part of this sustainability program.