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Single mom of 4 needs help finding home

A tight rental market is making it difficult for Alexander and others with Section 8 help to find affordable rentals. A tight rental market is making it difficult for Alexander and others with Section 8 help to find affordable rentals.
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Amber Alexander's challenges have come in waves. She balances her job with raising four kids. Now she's desperately searching for a home or apartment to rent.

"We need a place right away," she said.

Alexander, 29, gets rental assistance through the Section 8 housing voucher program.

"If I didn't have it we would be in a bad situation, or we would be homeless," she said.

But that blessing is also a curse. She said dozens of landlords have turned her down flat because she gets government help to pay her rent.

"People said previous Section 8 people have destroyed their house. Or I have been told the military pays more for rent so they would rather rent to the military," she said.

A tight rental market is making it difficult for Alexander and others with Section 8 help to find affordable rentals.

"I could lose my voucher," she said.

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