Denver7 by Tomas Hoppough
DENVER – Denver’s rising rent prices are making things tough for people living here.
Denver7 found one family that is living proof of this problem.
Faith and John Calhoun needed to make a tough decision after an unlucky break.
The Calhoun’s were kicked out of their apartment because the complex is renovating rooms.
“We have no savings, we have nowhere to go and we have no family members that’s going to help us,” Faith Calhoun said.
Since the Calhouns were paying rent month-to-month, they said the complex is allowed to give them notice to vacate the property.
“It is legal unfortunately,” Faith Calhoun said. “We understand, it’s just tough.”
After being homeless two years ago, the Calhouns found the apartment in the Denver Metro costing $1,100 a month.
With only 30 days to vacate the property, they could not come up with the funds to find a new place.
“We thought about going to a homeless shelter again because we didn’t know what to do,” Faith Calhoun said.
Faith and John both have one thing important on their mind – their 12-year-old daughter Olivia.
“We’re just trying to keep stability for her,” John Calhoun said. “Because we’ve moved her around quite a bit already.”
According to Metro Denver, the average income in Denver is around $56,000 a year – that’s around as much the Calhoun’s make together.
According to Denver Metro Apartment Vacancy and Rent report from the University of Denver’s Daniels College of Business and Colorado Economic and Management Associates, the average amount of rent for a one bedroom apartment is about $1,400 a month.
The Calhoun’s cannot afford that amount for rent.
The Calhoun’s came up with a plan and enough money to place a down payment on a motorhome.
“It’s ours,” Faith Calhoun said. “Nobody is going to take it from us. Nobody is going to say hey you have to get out of here.”
Faith Calhoun said they will be moving to Gunnison, and will start new jobs there in August.
“It’s hard leaving home since we were all born and raised here,” Faith Calhoun said. “But it’s for the best, for my family.”