Tlingit & Haida Housing
By Jennifer Mooney
September 29, 2007
I must say, I am truly disgusted with the treatment that we get
in Hydaburg from Tlingit & Haida Regional Housing Authority.
I am writing today to get some frustration off my chest. So,
forgive me if I ramble.
My irritation with T&H started back in the winter of 2004
when I applied for an apartment in Hydaburg. It took 4 months
and many phone calls and letters before I was allowed to move
in. I had problems with their staff being rude right from the
start. It was almost as if they didn't want me or anyone else
to live in the building. I lived there for 15 months and paid
my rent on time every month. The building manager had a problem
with me and he did everything he could to see that I get evicted.
He got his way in July 2006. I was given 15 days to move out
and find alternate housing. If you know anything about Hydaburg,
you know there is not a whole lot of housing opportunity here.
Aside from buying property, which is hard to come by for a reasonable
price, and building your own home, there isn't a lot of other
T&H has a 12 unit apartment building and there are only 5
occupants living there. It's not that people don't want to live
there. Some people actually NEED to live there, but they are
denied by T&H for many reasons. The one that irritates me
the most, you can't live there with a child over 2. So, where
does that leave us young adults, who are just starting our families?
It leave us homeless, that's where! I was one of the lucky few
to find alternate housing in Hydaburg.
There are people in this community, who are single, that live
3 bedroom T&H houses; then there are houses that are over-capacitated
and have 8 or more people living in the same amount of space.
This just doesn't seem right to me. Us young adults, with children,
are left to fend for ourselves, while single people live nicely
in a big 3 bedroom house.
Yes, I know these people have been living in these houses for
years and paying to own them, but with a housing shortage I don't
think it's fair. Shouldn't the apartment building be used for
these single people? This would free up some housing and would
greatly help families who really need a home.
T&H's website states that they "offer a wider variety
of of housing opportunities for all Southeast Alaskans."
They provide a list of services and one of them is transitional,
temporary emergency housing. They currently are not doing this
If someone needed emergency housing, would they have to wait
4 months, or longer, to get into the T&H apartments? I would
really like to see them provide us with the same opportunities
as other communities in SE. Their building in Hydaburg can be
put to way better use, if you ask me.
Frusturated, Single Mother with nowhere to live
About: " Single monther
& young adult trying to make a living & find housing
Received September 27, 2007
- Published September 29, 2007
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