Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Home is where you hang your hat...

What if you can't find a place to hang it?!  Housing in Clovis is terrible.  Not a little bad.  Not competitive.  It's TERRIBLE.  The US Airforce can't even bring in the personnel they're supposed to because of the housing crisis in our small town.  All of the apartment complexes have a wait list.  Realtors have more people asking about rentals than they have rental properties. 

How do I know this?  We have a family in our church who is currently homeless. There is no room at the shelter so they are living in our church fellowship hall.  I have been helping them look daily for a home.  They're approved for a 4 bedroom home through section 8; we can't find a 3 bedroom, muchless a 4!  The shelter is full of people in the same situation.  There just aren't any houses available and there certainly aren't any that accept section 8.

I also know because the house we currently live in is falling apart.  We have tons of plumbing problems, the insulation is rotted, and our bathroom floor is rotted and falling in.  In addition, it is just plain too small for our family.  Small I can live with.  Rotted insulation and floors I cannot.  Those are health hazards.  If it's rotten, it's possible it's MOLDY.  Um, yeah...not good.

Daily I call property managers to find out if they have any new listings.  Daily I check Craigslist.  Daily I check the paper.  Shoot, we even drive around town looking for "For Rent" signs! 

Last week we looked at a cute little house.  It was a 3 bedroom 1 1/2 bath with a garage.  There was one person ahead of us.  They took it.  The realtor told us about another house so we drove by it and were the first on the list.  The current tennants decided not to move.  That realtor has no other houses available.  Out of 14 property managers, only one or two have ANY property available.  Most of them have nothing more than 1 bedrooms. 

We're not sure what we're going to do.  We cannot continue to live in a house that is making us sick.  We are completely in God's hands.  So is the other family in our church. 

We need prayers!


  1. Oh, man, Gidget! I just can't even imagine how terrible that must be! I'll definitely keep you in my prayers.

  2. Oh man! Praying for you guys!!! That totally stinks

  3. Praying you guys find something soon!!

  4. You guys can move to CT. Just sayin'. ;)
    Praying something comes up for both you and that homeless family. Being homeless stinks so much.

  5. wow...what a horrible situation. I am praying that you find affordable housing soon.

  6. Or you could move to Montana! It gets a bit cold in the winter, but we're nice. ;) I'm praying that something opens up for you soon. I had no idea it was such a tough housing market!

  7. Goodness...that's just a sad situation all the way around. Praying that Yahweh opens doors for both of your families soon!

  8. Oh, Gidget, you're in my prayers.