Marion and Polk Counties are facing a housing shortage. With a vacancy rate below 2%, the rental market is tight; communities need at least 4% vacancy to adequately manage regular transitions as people change residences. This causes rental rates to dramatically increase heightening competition for units that are available. The result is a downward pressure toward homelessness for people with limited incomes and capacity. Once a household experiences homelessness, they face significant barriers to finding permanent housing.
To make a lasting difference and to accommodate significant population growth, more units need to be built for both market rate and workforce-affordable housing. Community Resource Trust is working with community leaders and partners to address this need in our communities.
There is also an extreme need for short-term relief. There are a significant number of people out on the streets or living in tents or cars right now that are in need of immediate shelter. Community Resource Trust is working with community leaders and partners in the provision of short-term relief for our fellow community members in need of immediate housing.