WELD COUNTY - In Weld County, where the vacancy rates for long-term housing are already low, officials say the prospects for flooding victims to find a permanent home are grim.
"It's just not here. There's not enough affordable housing in our area," Lieutenant Joel Boyd with The Salvation Army said. "When you get a wave of people impacted by the floods, there's so many more people now that need housing. There's still a big shortage."
Boyd said that lower-income flood victims are having the most difficult time.
More than three weeks after the flooding, Red Cross shelters have closed and people are faced with the issue of where to stay long-term.
"We have a lot of people who are coming in and saying, 'I have nowhere to go. I'm sleeping in my car,'" Boyd said.
More than 200 mobile homes in Evans were destroyed by flooding, in addition to 56 homes in the city.
One of the homes destroyed belonged to Tom Brothe and his wife Joyce.
"It's like we can't be homeless forever. We really need a home," Joyce Brothe said.
They spent roughly two weeks with her daughter while they looked for housing.
"Just calling, emailing, trying to find something that was available," she said. "When I finally could talk to someone, 'nah, it's already gone,'"
They found a rental in Greeley and have signed a lease. Brothe says she knows it could be so much worse.
"We feel so blessed compared to people who lost everything," she said.
In the meantime, FEMA is extending its program to help flooding victims pay for hotels. Spokesman Bill Rukeyser says the program has been extended to Oct. 20.
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