On February 13th, 2019 Jubilee Housing opened its wait list for the first time in nearly 10 years.
Over 250 people began lining up at 3:30 a.m. for just over 60 available units. These people came from diverse backgrounds and showed the depth of the need in the city for justice housing – deeply affordable homes in thriving neighborhoods with supportive services onsite and nearby.
One applicant works at a nearby hotel. Technically homeless, she lives with a friend in the area. All she wants is a place that she can afford near the place where she works.
Another applicant was a senior living with disability. Homeless, she enrolled in a job training program. Still, she couldn’t imagine affording a place of her own even after she graduates the program. She’s lived in cheap apartments in Southeast, and had multiple homes broken into. All she wants is a place that is safe and quiet.
A third applicant has been waiting for Section 8 housing for 14 years with no luck. What these new apartments represent to her is hope for housing in a realistic time frame.
Jubilee Housing accepted 250 applications, 200 in person and 50 online. This was the first time Jubilee has accepted online applications through its website. The 50 available online applications were completed in just under 15 minutes. While Jubilee Housing is tremendously grateful for the opportunity to house 64 more households, we are also emboldened to do more to address the incredible need for more deeply affordable housing!