Stanislaus County officials and other non-profits who work with homeless and families at-risk of homelessness are struggling to find long-term housing for families that were living at an apartment building that has been condemned by the city for poor living conditions.
More than 80 low-income people living studio apartments at the building at 624 9th street are at risk of being forced out.
A city hearing scheduled for Thursday will consider if the decision to condemn the building will stand.
Community leaders held a meeting Wednesday discussing a long-term plan to respond to the housing crisis in the area. The county and other non-profits are considering consolidating resources into a low-barrier shelter to provide resources to those who need it.
A mother of three, Gabriella, who asked us to only use her first name, lives in one of roughly 350 square foot studio apartments to which she pays $585 per month. She pointed out holes in the wall, a faulty sink faucet that makes it difficult to do dishes, and said there was rodent and bug infestations.
“It’s stressful, I cry every night about it cause what happens if I don’t find a house within my limit through welfare?” She said. “I’m going to be on the streets with three kids.”
She is packing up her things and moving into a motel, being paid for by a government office for the next several weeks. She said she is not sure what or where she’ll go after that.