East Texans Ask: Where's the Affordable Housing?

Deborah Daniel and her sister live in a three-bedroom home in North Lufkin. Together, they bring in about $1,200 a month, making it a challenge to pay rent, buy groceries and pay other household bills.

"We're both disabled," Daniel said. "She's handicapped and crippled and right now we're on the list for HUD. We're just trying to find something that's affordable and it's just kind of hard for us to make it on a fixed income."

Daniel isn't the only low-income Lufkin resident who said decent affordable housing is hard to find. Bettie Morris moved into a small home about two years ago, but now she is ready to own her own home.

"I'd like to look for at least a three-bedroom, two bath home," Morris said. "I'm a single parent with two kids in college and I wouldn't want just any house."

Morris also realizes there's a lot potential buyers should learn before they begin house hunting. She encourages everyone to take a home buyer's education course and maintain a good credit score so they'll have more housing options.

"When I think of low-income, I don't think of nasty [and] run down [homes]," Daniel said. "I think there is some nice houses that's for the low-income, you just have to get out there and find them."

For more information about affordable housing in East Texas, go to the Deep East Texas Council of Governments' web site.