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Old 03-18-2012, 10:40 PM
 
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So, I'm from Rhode Island and I've been hired by Americorps to work at the North Texas Food Bank, and I'm looking to find a safe neighborhood that's around 20 minutes from the food bank.

The catch is that I'm on a really limited budget. I should be living with another Americorps worker, but even so, we likely can't afford anything over $750 a month. I've been looking at several apartments nearby, but they all have terrible reviews.

I'd really like to find an area to live where I don't have to worry about theft or vandalism, as I won't be able to fix any damage done to my vehicle or replace any stolen property.

So far The Highlands of Grand Prairie seems to be one of the better choices, so any information you could give me on the area surrounding 3517 SE 8th St, in Grand Prairie would be helpful as well.

Thanks
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Old 03-19-2012, 05:30 AM
 
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Do the people you are going to be working for have any suggestions? (what have other workers in your position done) $750 is very low for the Dallas-area, especially for two people. Unfortunately, something would have to give, I think - safety, location, rent, etc.

I don't know anything about Grand Prairie, but maybe someone else does. I think the area around the Food Bank is pretty sketchy.

Good luck.
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:16 AM
 
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I think the food bank is in South Oak Cliff. North Oak Cliff would be a good place to stay - see what the rents are from Good Space. Sorry, don't know much about Grand Prairie.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:04 AM
 
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try craigslist
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:11 AM
 
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The Food Bank is on S. Cockrell Hill Road, if that's any help in identifying what neighborhood it is.

I've tried craigslist, as I've said, I've found plenty of apartments that meet my criteria, they all just have horrible reviews or what appear to be pretty bad areas.
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:39 PM
 
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Look in Cedar Hill.
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Old 03-19-2012, 10:57 PM
 
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The Food Bank is on S. Cockrell Hill Road, if that's any help in identifying what neighborhood it is.

I've tried craigslist, as I've said, I've found plenty of apartments that meet my criteria, they all just have horrible reviews or what appear to be pretty bad areas.
Sorry I have nothing to add about living quarters.

Thank you for heading down to help at the Food Bank. I've sorted food there many times with my kids over the years. Doing so has always proved very fulfilling.

Welcome to Texas!
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Old 03-20-2012, 12:58 PM
 
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As a fellow AmeriCrops alumn, welcome to the family. I assume you will be trying to locate your housing from RI? This is super hard because there are not many reputibale apartment buildings in Oak Cliff (the greater area around the NTFB).

There are, however, many nice individually owned homes in neighbrohoods like Winnetka Heights and Bishop Arts. There any many young, likeminded people in those neighborhoods of older homes. I would also encourage you to look for rentals just across Ledbetter and Westmoreland- near Sprague Stadium (blue spot on Google Maps). It's an area of small, well cared for ranch houses. No night life, but you won't have any money to go out anyway!
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Old 03-21-2012, 09:01 AM
 
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Thank you very much, I will look into those
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:52 AM
 
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Yep I would go with individual owned homes, duplexes etc. If you are looking in North Oak Cliff (and in my area, East Dallas) that is often the way to go..this is an area of older (for Dallas) homes with character, trees, parks and many interesting shops/restaurants (virtually no chains or franchises).
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