Bradley County Affordable Housing 10 Month Waiting List

Woman lives out of her car as she waits to move up on waitlist for affordable housing

BRADLEY COUNTY, Tenn. (WDEF) – Cynthia Derryberry says she’s been on the waitlist for an affordable housing complex for almost 11 months.

She is currently living in her car and is 6th in line.

Cynthia says she receives monthly social security and disability payments but still struggles to find affordable housing options that don’t have a waiting list.

There are a few resources for homeless people in Bradley County, but Cynthia feels as though she’s slipping through the cracks.

I feel very degraded. They make me feel like I’m not a human no more. Like I’m more of an animal to them. Throw you out, forget about you. They don’t want to hear the truth. None of them want to hear what’s really going on here in Bradley County.

Bradley County Commissioner Bill Winters says he has been involved with low income and homeless initiatives for years.

Winters says the county depends on local non-profits to help this marginalized community.

I do know that each of the agencies that deal mostly with this, know that they have procedures and policies and ways that they do what they do. But they also have limited funding. And at this point, limited resources with personnel that are out there to do the counseling and things that social workers would do.

Winters goes on to say that Bradley County has allocated hundreds of thousands of dollars to affordable housing endeavors in Cleveland.

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