SALISBURY — Salisbury resident Tawanda Doby said she moved to the Lakewood Apartments in 2019 and paid $850 per month for her unit.
Her lease renewal for this year showed that rate would increase to $1,600. When she called the office to ask if it was a mistake, she was told it was in line with “the area market increase.”
That leaves Doby with less than $100 from one of her biweekly paychecks, she said, though she makes too much to qualify for income-based housing. She’s also taking care of three children. She said Salisbury needs more options for single families and those who are “in between,” meaning they don’t earn enough to endure rent increases but make too much for income-based housing.
“They can’t afford the cost of rent that’s being promoted but yet make too much for income-based (housing),” Doby said.
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