Low Income Housing

May 8, 1987

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Blanca Munoz has a problem.

She lives with her 8-year-old son and her 67-year-old mother in a one-bedroom apartment in Lee Gardens, a dilapidated apartment complex in Arlington, Va., near Washington, D.C. The $485 she pays each month in rent consumes most of what she brings home from several housekeeping jobs. By May 31, she and her family must leave Lee Gardens. It is being renovated by its corporate owner. When the rehabilitation is complete, she said, an apartment like hers will rent for about $625 a month. Meanwhile, Munoz has found nowhere to go.

It is “a big, big problem for us right now,” she said recently. “I've been looking for apartments, and they don't want to rent to a family with children, not even one child, and my [low] income is the main problem right now.” A Guatemalan who came to this country in 1983, Munoz likes the neighborhood school her son attends and wants to stay in Arlington. She hopes to find a good, full-time job. She has contacts in Arlington and can get around by public transportation. But she has not been able to find housing she can afford.

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