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Balto. Co.'s lack of affordable housing contributes to homelessness

I was encouraged that your recent editorial on suburban homelessness pointed out that as poverty increases in the suburbs, so inevitably will the numbers of homeless families and individuals ("Homeless in suburbia," Oct. 13).

There was, however, no mention of the serious lack of affordable rental housing in Baltimore County. Unlike Baltimore City, the county has no public housing, and a quick check revealed that the waiting period for receiving the county's Housing Choice vouchers — formerly Section 8 — is now seven years.

This is the crux of the problem, and until we start to seriously address this growing systemic crisis we will continue to see a tragic increase in homelessness.

Jane Harrison

Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun
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