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Sharing House Diary: Affordable Housing? Not So Much


January 11, 2018

Courtesy photo

Forest camps like this one took a beating during the past few weeks, when snow and bitter cold had everyone shivering. Folks who live in camps cannot afford Transylvania housing, which requires around $800 a month to rent decent lodgings.

By Jackie Curtis

You may have noticed that our "needs" list that appears every Monday in The Transylvania Times often asks for camping supplies. The reason for this is quite simple: a lot of our neighbors live in their cars or in forest camps because low-income housing is scarce to non-existent in Transylvania County.

I talk to eight to 10 homeless people every day. I've learned that far too many Transylvanians simply can't afford to live here. Some hang their hats on their car or truck's rear-view mirror. Others make their homes in the woods.

We advise homeless people to look in other...

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