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Roswell deals with affordable housing shortage

Faith Egbuonu
November 28, 2018 05:21 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. - Affordable housing has been an on-going problem in Roswell.

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Many people, from the elderly to single parents, have been affected.

Chris Herbert, who is the executive director for the Eastern Regional Housing Authority, said finding a solution has been difficult.

"We have struggled to create more affordable housing in the area,” said Herbert

People are forced to find a place to stay or are left homeless while they wait for a spot on the waitlist to open.

"The HUD definition looks at those people as either being under housed or as being homeless. So those people are affected while they wait,” said Herbert

The wait time can take up to a year, but nothing is promised.

There are 240 people on the waiting list for housing in Roswell, with just 30 vouchers available.

Herbert hopes for a solution soon.

He said the city and the regional housing authority are considering possible solutions, including asking the federal government to increase voucher funding, but nothing is set in stone just yet.

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