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Invest in people of Lafayette County first

Regarding the homeless issue, lack of affordable housing should be at the top of the list. 

Classes on budgeting are great but if the person does not earn a living wage, he cannot afford most public housing in the Oxford-Lafayette County area. 

It has been decades since this area has built decent affordable housing and now it is in the process of eliminating low-income housing. 

The residents of Riverside have received another notice of closing. Income-based housing is based on your actual income, meaning your rent can be from $0 and up. Subsidized housing has a base amount you have to pay, meaning rent can begin at $300/$400 and up. Income-based housing has a waiting list yards long, and available units are limited. Some have been designated for university students, which decreases slots for born and raised Oxford-Lafayette County residents. 

Oxford-Lafayette County needs to invest in the people of Oxford-Lafayette County. 

There are a lot of reasons a person can become homeless, some due to no fault of their own. However, when Oxford-Lafayette County creates these situations by displacing citizens to build a strip mall, add student housing, or expand a store, it should also create a remedy.

Lena L. Ward

Oxford