Packed In: “Should we buy cheaper diapers? “: Families worry about rent increases
SPOKANE, Wash.– Price hikes for tenants in Spokane are forcing families to figure out how to keep pace. This includes the Hamilton family.
Makelle Hamilton and her family live in Spokane. Her husband is deployed overseas and they are a one-income family.
They have a hard time keeping up with the rent after it goes up by $ 200.
Makelle says she’s trying to find ways to work and help earn more money, but it’s difficult because she has a young son.
Makelle tries to get in touch with other families who might need help with childcare or babysitting. She worked in a daycare center and was a CNA. She also has experience working with children with different developmental disabilities. If you are looking for childcare needs, please email her with serious inquiries at: [email protected]
Although she hopes that she can help support her family’s needs with her skills, she knows something needs to change.
“We’re trying to figure out how we’re going to make invoices each month,” she said.
Makelle is not alone. The ZoNE area of the North East Community Center reported that it is seeing more and more families struggling. He sent out an online survey and received responses from 169 families in Spokane. Of those who responded, 78 percent said they were concerned about housing. Twenty percent said they felt hopeless.
“When you have vacancy rates below one percent and rents are going up everywhere, it contributes to that feeling of hopelessness,” said Jene Ray, associate director of ZoNE.
On average, families report rent increases of $ 200 to $ 300. Some say they’ve seen even bigger jumps. Only 18% of these people were able to find something else in their budget.
ZoNE data shows that 91% of families have received a rent increase notice. This leaves people like Makelle wondering what they can do to cut costs.
“Should we buy cheaper diapers, should we cut our food costs? And especially with the rise in gas prices, everything is increasing right now and our income is not increasing, ”said Makelle.
Then there is the cost of the move.
From depots to moving trucks and handling fees, the cost of moving can really add up.
That’s why ZoNe is hoping the community can find ways to help with these one-time costs to help get families back on their feet. It would help the people who live in Spokane keep a roof over their heads. You can find these resources on the ZoNE here.
This is if families can find a place to settle in Spokane. The ZoNE reports that the rental vacancy is at a historically low level: 0.5%.
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