‘It’s hard’: Local mother living in shelter struggles to find housing

'It's hard': Local mother living in shelter struggles to find housing

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — With the price of homes soaring in Charlotte, countless local families are exhausting every option just to keep a roof over their heads.

Athena Avery told Channel 9's Jason Stoogenke she's had to spend some nights outside with her young children.

"Devastating to actually see your kids go through it. It's OK for me to struggle, but when your kids struggle, it's kind of hard," she said.

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Avery said she was renting a house along Clanton Road with a Section 8 voucher, but she lost it.

She's now staying at a Salvation Army shelter with her 5-year-old daughter and 13-year-old son, who has with autism.

Avery said she's trying to find a place to stay, but landlords won't take a chance on her.

Watch the video above to hear Avery’s story and the struggles she’s facing to change her family’s situation.