Low-income seniors move into new Vancouver housing complex

All Vancouver Housing Authority low-income housing units have at least 1,000 people on a waitlist.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Located on Vancouver’s Off Mill Plain Boulevard is a brand new four-story condominium complex built specifically for low-income seniors.

“Today is huge for me, huge,” said Beth Funk, about to move in. She spoke through tears of joy. “My life will be stable for the first time since I was 19.”

Funk spent most of her life homeless. That changed on Friday.

“I have my own apartment for the first time ever and I’m really looking forward to it.”

The complex is called Miles Terrace. All renters are 55 and older and earn about 50% of the area’s median income, meaning rent ranges from $1,000 to $1,400 per month.

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“Because many of our residents who come into these apartments are actually earning less, we’re also adding a rent subsidy,” said Roy Johnson, head of the Vancouver Housing Authority.

Monday is move-in day and there is already a waiting list.

“Unfortunately, the creation of affordable senior housing hasn’t been very strong in the last few years, so we’re excited to add this to the portfolio,” Johnson said.

But the city’s housing crisis continues. In fact, right across the street is a homeless camp.

“I wanted to have a library when I moved into a new house, so I started collecting books,” said Sarah Taylor, who lives in the homeless camp across from Miles Terrace.

On Friday, Taylor picked up the mess someone left after they destroyed their warehouse.

“I came home after a walk and everything was thrown around here. It happens all the time, especially to me,” she explained.

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Taylor is in the process of finding a place to live, which hasn’t been easy.

“I called, I did every assessment, I did everything, and they give you case managers here and the case managers are supposed to help you get into section 8 accommodation and what not…they haven’t called me,” She said.

Taylor’s tent is now a front-row seat as others like Funk, who have experienced homelessness, enter their new home down the road. Without the opportunity to do the same, she shares none of Funk’s joy.

“I think it’s absolutely disgusting,” Taylor said.

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