Murfreesboro veteran details struggle to find affordable housing to avoid homelessness

JP Falk
Posted at 3:50 PM, Apr 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-04-15 09:31:57-04

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WTVF) — Dozens of veterans face eviction and potential homelessness.

This takes place as the housing crisis worsens across the board.

Some said it's to the point where those who served their county may find themselves living on the streets.

Here's what's happening — affordable apartments are being bought, sold and fixed up, becoming more expensive so that the once homeless veterans who live there now are about to be homeless again.

This time last year JP Falk had no place to cook a meal. The U.S. Air Force veteran was living out of his car.

"A couple of bad events — my company going under, followed by catching the virus, where I spent five months isolated and bedridden. That will wreck your life," Falk said.

He had nowhere to turn, but with the help of the U.S. Veterans Administration, he found an affordable apartment in Murfreesboro.

But now he's learned the complex was sold to out-of-state investors, and he along with 20 other veterans must move.

When asked if he worries he will end up homeless again, Falk said absolutely.

"It's a big concern. I have no line of sight right now to another place," he said.

VA caseworker Amanda Swam said in the current housing market, there is simply nowhere to move veterans facing possible homelessness.

"Veterans deserve permanent housing. They served their country. We should house them," said Amanda Swam, a VA caseworker.

Swam said the current housing market threatens to displace hundreds of at-risk-veterans, including Falk.

"Like I said, there are a lot of people out there like me," said Falk.

Swam highlighted the housing issue by taking NewsChannel 5 on a tour of Murfreesboro, showing property after property bought up and no longer available for low-income housing.

"Middle Tennessee, it is a huge crisis. We're going to have more and more veterans out on the streets," Swam said.

One of the only solutions with so many outside investors buying up properties is for local landlords to set aside some of their units for affordable housing.

Anyone in a position to help provide housing for homeless veterans can contact email the Veterans Administration at: