At least five homeless people have died in South Fayetteville in the last two years, and Seven Hills Homeless Center said many of those deaths could’ve been prevented with more housing options.
According to Seven hills, months before one of it’s clients was murdered he had qualified for low incoming housing.
But the man couldn’t find a place to call home in time.
Director of Operations Solomon Burchfield said the tragic part about this is even when there’s an open spot in a housing program, it’s difficult to find a place that’s affordable and accessible to people with a voucher.
But price isn’t the only problem.
Any type of criminal background or bad credit hurts them as well.
Burchfield said if something isn’t done to address this Fayetteville faces losing more lives like the man who was murdered.
“If we had a robust system where there was a lot of affordable housing, and we had landlords that were partners on tailoring some units to have lower barriers so people with 20 year old felonies could still move in.. I think that that individual would still be alive,” said Burchfield.
Burchfield suggests giving property managers incentive to accept more low income or homeless people to live on their property.
Tuesday night at a special meeting, the city council told Fayetteville Housing Authority to prioritize homeless people for low income housing as well.