Unpaid rent in low-income housing skyrocketed, evictions may be next

Media April 22, 2024

“One of his clients, Stephanie Austin, 45, who used to sneak into Sea-Tac Airport to sleep when she was homeless, moved into a permanent supportive housing unit operated by Plymouth Housing at the end of 2022. At the time, she had a temporary, part-time job as a cashier and cook primarily at the stadiums downtown, through Uplift Northwest, a Seattle nonprofit temporary staffing organization.

Based on that income, Plymouth determined she could pay $64 in rent per month. But within a few months of moving in, Austin’s hours at her job fell off, and she fell behind on rent.

Selena Tan, a senior associate at PolicyLink who studies rent debt, said month-to-month fluctuations in income are common among low-income households, and that the economic shock of the pandemic made them more likely.”

Read the article


Read More Media

Find news articles and videos featuring Blue Meridian Partners, our investees, and the field.