I know a grandmother named Jennifer who lives in a rental house that was undergoing the city buyout after the 2008 floods. I was informed today that she has less than 30-days to find new housing- this after moving five times in the last 2 1/2 years. The worse part is she had a lease with her landlord until August 2011.
Thing could not get any worse! The city just bought the house we live in . They gave us 30 days. The flood still is making my life hell . -Jennifer
Unfortunately, if this is happening to one person chances are it is happening to several others and no one is talking about it. The truth is the housing situation in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is horrible. We have more people cohabiting than ever before. I know one man who is housing three homeless people this winter. We can’t go on living in denial that there is a serious affordable housing shortage in Cedar Rapids, Iowa!
Our government and media would like for the whole world to believe that our ‘flood recovery’ is going great, but it’s not! We are suffering more now than ever. It was hard enough to get through the first two years looking at abandoned houses (not abandoned by choice but by coercion which is illegal in a voluntary property acquisition). When you are denied assistance (Vista/Americorps volunteers that the 5 core neighborhoods were entitled to BEFORE the flood) and your house is sold before it’s ever bought there is a problem!
The city pulled the permits for this homeowner after volunteers were ready to help rebuild!
While looking for this demo list I ran across a city worker who told me this”:
Many flood impacted individuals spent a lot of time with a political journalist from Columbia University over the last few weeks and I pray she is able to comprehend what is taking place here because many of the people here can’t seem to wrap their minds around it!
This is what “Block by Block” is on MY block (even though the Americorps/Vista volunteers were sent here before the flood to help people in the core neighborhoods- Block by Block won’t help us because we live in the Greed-way!
In conclusion, we will stand up for people that have been run ragged since the flood of 2008. It is time for the people impacted to take charge of our own recovery!