Twister victims have hassle discovering new housing


WOODBRIDGE, Sick. (CBS) — Blue tarps and boards cowl houses in Chicago’s western suburbs. The house owners had been compelled out whereas repairs are made following a twister that ripped by means of the world Sunday. However repairs may take some time.

For households wanting to remain within the space, good luck discovering a rental. The COVID-19 pandemic has helped create a housing scarcity.

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The primary feeling after a storm as sturdy as this one is shock. Not far behind it comes feeling overwhelmed.

“You’re getting an overload of knowledge that it’s onerous to course of,” stated Pam Alexander, whose Woodbridge house is now uninhabitable.

She is staying with household, however she has informed her insurance coverage firm that she is going to want a brand new resolution.

“It’s an excessive amount of of a burden to maneuver in with household, that you simply want a spot, however any person needs to be speaking to me about precisely what my wants are,” she stated.

Sadly she and tons of of others can have the identical wants at a time when options are scarce. Twister repairs hardly ever occur rapidly, and this can be a time when lumber remains to be extraordinarily costly and the stock on constructing supplies is just not what it was once. So the individuals who have to search out short-term housing might find yourself needing it longer.

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“It’s not one thing that you’d make a snap resolution on as a result of a variety of these individuals I consider are going to be displaced for most likely as much as a 12 months or extra,” stated Melissa Nowak.

Nowak lives in Woodridge and runs Ridge Realty. She stated survivors won’t discover a lot on this rental market.

“Sadly in Woodridge there are solely two rental locations obtainable,” she stated. “There’s about 33 obtainable within the 5 surrounding communities that I searched, however eight of them are one bedrooms, and that’s not going to work for a household.”

It additionally comes down to cost and the way a lot insurance coverage firms are prepared to cowl.

“To lease a house in Woodridge is just not low-cost, and it’s not going to be the identical quantity as their mortgage was,” Nowak stated.

Her recommendation is to push insurance coverage firms for all of the housing cash you’ll be able to, and look in every single place, together with craigslist, for listings.

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“Simply do no matter you’ll be able to to get your self a superb place as a result of it’s possible you’ll be there for some time,” she stated.