How land-rich, cash-poor faith groups are creating affordable housing
CBS This Morning, Nov. 24, 2018
Gina Montminy has called a one-bedroom apartment in Arlington, Virginia, home for the last two years. Before coming to the VPoint Apartments, she lived in a shelter after losing her house, car and two jobs when epilepsy made it impossible to continue working.
“Well for six weeks I had to sleep on the floor until you could get a bed and then it’s pretty tough. I mean you have to eat when they say to eat. You have to watch what they say to watch on TV. You have to be in by 11, you have to have lights out. I’ve never lived a life like that before,” Montminy told “CBS This Morning: Saturday” co-host Michelle Miller.
Now she has freedom and affordability – something hard to come by in the Washington, D.C., area. At VPoint, 70 of the 116 units are rented below market rate in a county where the median household income is $110,000 and the average rent is about $2,000 per month. Montminy pays about $202 per month.