Thousands Turn to Center in Search for Affordable Housing

Published 06/13 2014 06:47PM

Updated 06/13 2014 06:50PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Thousands of people are turning to them each month in the search for affordable housing.

The Affordable Housing Center, and the agencies that support them, consider affordable housing a cornerstone to building a strong community. They're trying to give prospective homeowners and renters direction and hope.

Kristle Work and her partner are looking for a house, but they'll settle on an apartment if it is more cost effective.

"Something that's decent rent that we can afford to live in," says Work.

Work came here on a referral. Each month about 2,000 people are getting help at the Affordable Housing Center.

"It's very simple and they are very helpful,” says Work. “They set us up as soon as we walked in. It takes you right to the site to where you can find a list of different homes that are available and you can search on what you want and feel more comfortable with to look into more."

Though the Springfield Affordable Housing Center just celebrated its anniversary, has only been online since April.

"It's a database of subsidized housing providers within Springfield, Greene, Christian and Webster counties,” says Michelle Garand, the deputy director of affordable housing and homeless prevention at Community Partnership of the Ozark.

Thought the Center does not screen landlords, some are screened to be on the database.

"We know that if we have a unit on here that is federally subsidized then they have to meet certain and specific criteria for inspections and livability and that type of thing,” says Garand.

Garand says helping thousands in the first year is imperative to the future of the Ozarks.

"How can we not only assist the individuals that are living there get into something safe and decent for their family but then how do we also support the property owner in enhancing their property and making that safe?” she says.

The Affordable Housing Center is just one part of a housing initiative that is also made up of the Springfield Community Land Trust and One Door which is a gateway to help prevent homelessness.

You can find out more information by calling 417-225-7499 or visiting the website.

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