One of the highest hurdles a low-income family has to overcome is finding a decent place to rent — and the good news is there is more help available for Goshen families struggling with that issue.
Working in partnership with the Goshen Housing Authority, the members of the Goshen First Presbyterian Church have created Operation 320. The name is derived from the fact that 320 rental vouchers are available in the Goshen area.
The first goal is of the program is to get eligible families into decent rental housing. The ministry will offer guidance with all the paperwork needed to obtain, and then keep, subsidized rental units through the Goshen Housing Authority.
Many people have learned in their dealings with federal bureaucracies that filling out the right paperwork at the right time in the right way is the only way to budge the machinery of government. So it’s good to know this ministry will concentrate on that aspect of getting people decent homes.
Another important part of the ministry is the plan to keep in touch with those families helped to make sure they stay in compliance with the rules that go with using rental vouchers. Our report in Wednesday’s edition pointed out that some people have been removed from the program because they didn’t stay in compliance with the rules.
Housing Authority board president Wayne Kramer said more than 50 rental subsidy vouchers are now going unused in the Goshen area, which is shame when there are families in need.
One of the ongoing problems with finding good housing for local low-income families is that some landlords do not participate in the Housing Authority’s program. We wish more landlords would consider participating and give the Housing Authority staff a call to find out what is needed to qualify.