Findlay Flood Victims Fear Rent Increases - News, Weather, Sports, Toledo, OH

Findlay Flood Victims Fear Rent Increases

Amy Valentine says she can not afford to pay the exorbitant rent some landlords are charging. Amy Valentine says she can not afford to pay the exorbitant rent some landlords are charging.
The Red Cross has been helping people since the floods hit a little more than one week ago. The Red Cross has been helping people since the floods hit a little more than one week ago.

FINDLAY -- Many flood victims in Findlay have counted on the Red Cross for food and a place to stay, but soon the shelter at The Cube will close its doors. The Red Cross says 31 people stayed there Saturday night, and volunteers say they will continue to help these flood victims even after the shelter closes, reports News 11's Jennifer Boresz.

"We've lost everything we own. We have a storage unit -- it's gone -- that had things like my kids pictures when they were little," says Amy Valentine.

"We lost our furniture, clothes, household items," says Diane Youngs.

They come from three different families, but they're all staying here at The Cube for the same reason: They lost their homes to high flood water.

Red Cross volunteers are providing them with a shelter and help to get back on their feet.

"They've been trying to get us places but everybody, the landlords, are raising the rent because they know they're getting money from Red Cross and FEMA to pay for it," says Kris Gonya.

But the Red Cross can offer only temporary relief like a rental security deposit and first month's rent.

Valentine says it's a huge help, but it's tough to find something she can afford when that money runs out. "Places we knew how much they were a couple months ago have tripled in price and there's just no way with a family of five can afford to pay $900 to $1,500 a month in rent," she says.

That leaves these victims fearing the worst.

Posted by KO

Powered by Frankly