Student veterans seek fair housing opportunities

February 21, 2016
Danny Woodruff, a junior theatre major from Indiana, served in the Army for six-and-a-half years from 2006 to 2013 and was deployed in the Middle East from 2010 to 2011.
     Upon returning home, Woodruff could not find housing because many of the city’s landlords rejected his GI Bill housing allowance, a benefit, along with tuition assistance, that is available to former members of the military.
     “I had to go to Indianapolis, back home where my parents live, and have them co-sign on my lease,” Woodruff said.
     Landlords would ignore him and never get back to him, Woodruff said, adding that his lack of rent history or proof of income and pay stubs made housing applications a struggle because his housing allowance from the Veteran’s Administration is distributed electronically.
     A number of veterans have experienced difficulties getting landlords to rent to them because they receive benefits from the government that fund their housing, but as Woodruff noted, landlords often want to see pay stubs.