Mom with autistic child makes too much for affordable home

Amber Gage struggled to find affordable housing when she moved to the Oregon Coast.

When Amber Gage moved to the coast from Oklahoma to work for Vacasa in the summer, she moved into a unit at Shorewood Apartments, a subsidized housing development in Cannon Beach with a lengthy waitlist.

However, the move became the “worst experience of her life” when the apartment management told her that the $27,000 she makes each year was too high for her to be eligible for the apartment. Gage, a single mother, has an autistic child who has “backtracked” due to the experience, she said.

Gage and her two young children had to relocate to her sister’s home in Manzanita. There are seven people living in a two-bedroom home. Gage said she felt homeless.

This week, Gage hopes to hear back from a possible house to rent in Rockaway Beach. If she ends up getting the house, she will shift her housekeeping duties to the area.

— Lyra Fontaine

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