Debbie Loucks, director of the York Housing Authority, said there are currently 2,057 people on the waiting list for subsidized in York County, which means it will be at least a year before new applicants get good news.
And the numbers just keep climbing, she
"They already know the waiting list is long," Loucks
said."The word is pretty much out there."
What they don't know is there's little chance these figures will improve any time soon, Loucks
said the number of people the county can offer subsidies to -- 1,565 -- hasn't increased in at least four years.When people sign up for subsidies, Loucks
said, they go on the waiting list, hoping people currently receiving subsidies will decide they no longer want or need the assistance.
But most do not leave quickly, and the list continues to grow -- currently up roughly 25 percent from this time last year, Loucks
Staub said he
couldn't afford to wait, so he
chose the Flamingo and quickly experienced other hardships.He
didn't have money for anything but rent and couldn't pay for his
storage shed, so everything he
couldn't squeeze into his
room -- belongings acquired over four decades of life -- was auctioned off.