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Housing In Delaware Becoming Less Affordable

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DOVER, De - Finding an affordable place to live is getting harder for many families in Delaware according to a new report by the Delaware Housing Coalition. It shows the First State is now the 12th most costly rental market in the United States with an average rent of $1,058 for a 2-bedroom apartment. 

"If you're working a job that's maybe paying $11, or $12 dollars an hour, right away you see how pointless that is. I call it the hamster in the wheel. Once you get in there, you can't get out", says Jim Martin, Director of the Ace Center.

 Of the 103,775 renter households in Delaware,  25 percent are spending more than 50 percent of their income on housing. Bonnie Walston, her husband and three children live in a modular home. "Its a struggle just buying my kids shoes for school. No matter how hard we try, it's never enough."

There are 107,000 households at or below the poverty level which is just over $11,000 a year.  "We're paying almost 9 thousand dollars to own a trailer  but makign payment s but its not worth it,  but is all we could afford, said Walston.

Some though are receiving help as $3 million dollars is coming to Delaware from the National Housing Trust fund. That's good news for renters like Jamie Goodson, who says she is thankful for the assistance, "Its a lot smaller than I like. I would like to have more room. but this works." 

Back at the Ace Center, Jim Martin says until people start making more money, "I think the secret to living in Delaware is to team up with other people, doubling and tripling up in a house or apartment, and work as a team."

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