The Extended Section 8 Opportunity
María had been living in low-cost housing under Section 8 of the Housing Act for a few years. She had four little kids in a single bedroom with no problem. However, her children started growing up and began to go to school. The small department with only one bathroom became a source of family stress, without mentioning that she depended on a governmental review of her annual income to maintain program eligibility and rent payment.
María had been paying 30 percent of her income in a tiny apartment. Still, she didn’t feel motivated to look for a salary raise or a job change because it would affect her access to the government housing subsidy.
Any potential increase in Maria’s income would keep her out of her “pocket-sized” but safe housing. Moreover, she was unsure if it would be easy to find another landlord in her area who would deal with her Section 8 rent.
Then, María decided to participate in an Affordable Housing Pilot Project by Wings of Love, Inc.
Her experience has been positive because she moved to a more comfortable apartment in a preferred area for her family while maintaining the benefits of Section 8.
An Affordable Housing Basic Model for María
The Affordable Housing Pilot Project by Wings of Love, Inc. developed a model apartment with basic amenities required for a good living. The neighborhood selected for this program is a middle-income area that guarantees a safe social environment for a single mother raising four kids.
Thanks to our program, María could improve her family's quality of life without spending more money than she was able to. After a few months, María got a new job near home, which gave her a salary raise and more time to be with her children.
Although María recently chose to leave Section 8 due to her financial situation steadily advancing, the Wings of Love, Inc. Affordable Housing program keeps supporting her with a rent control scheme agreed upon between landlord and tenant.