My name is Demetria Roundtree and I can’t believe how hard it is to rent in Seattle! I am a divorced single mother of four. I am a Section 8 voucher holder, and have been one since January 2013. I had waited on the wait-list for Section 8 for six years, only to find out that my “golden ticket” wouldn’t be accepted everywhere. While looking for places I have noticed several things:
- There is not enough affordable housing in Seattle. I work for a family non-profit and I make over $15/hour, 40 hours per week and still I do not make enough to cover my rent, utilities and living expenses.
- Instead of making the necessary updates or enhancements to their property required required by the Section 8 program, landlords (slumlords) avoid Section 8 applicants all together.
- Even though Section 8 voucher holders are a protected class in Seattle, many are discriminated against because of their Section 8 voucher. The city is not doing enough to holds landlords who discriminate against tenants accountable. During my housing search I was told many many times that the landlords “don’t work with that program (section 8)”