Last year we were trying to help a member of our extended family find a better living situation that required affordable housing. After visiting all of the apartment complexes with income based units and the Housing Authority, we were told that the waiting list for an affordable unit was two years. Our family loved one passed away with no improvement in housing.

Recently, our church worked through an initiative called Missional River. Missional River involves a listening process to tune in to God’s purpose for us in our neighborhood. This is based on Scripture (Luke 10:1-12). One of the many processes in this initiative was meeting with various stakeholders on community needs. What surfaced in a prominent way was housing insecurity.

Recently, we have been trying to help a couple who are both under Hospice care. They are in a terrible situation and desperately need decent, affordable housing. The two year waiting lists will not serve them.

We recently read a book on what an eviction means to a family. An eviction destroys all hope. It negatively effects every family member in every way. It’s incredibly hard to overcome.

Every family in Seguin that lives paycheck to paycheck, paying too much in rent is just one injury, one emergency, one mistake away from potential eviction.

We applaud Jeremy Roy, Mark Herbold, Chris Rangel, Chris Aviles and Ernest Leal for voting to allow affordable housing.

Marvel and Bobbie Maddox, Seguin

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