County officials search for affordable housing for families displaced by condemned Modesto building

Modesto apartment building that is being condemned because of poor living conditions

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.

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