By Lawrence A Robinson It is strange to me that in our community, the criticism of our churches seems to be exploding. It is almost like everyone has something negative to say about the church. You know what, I agree with some of them because the church isn't the building, the church is you.
Bishop Carroll Johnson of Lifevision Church Orlando discusses the mandate of our community to start providing for ourselves, using Bible Scripture to prove his point. Bishop Carroll Johnson has been a leader and advocate for self improvement for several decades and in this series, he drives the point home.
According to the last Census, the average Black business generates less than $80,000 annually and 67.3% of those generate less than $30,000 annually. They have zero or maybe one employee and little training in how to actually manage a business.
Because of low income, they can't usually afford to invest in training or advertising campaigns to generate clients.
Urban Orlando Business Directory and The BootStrapping Project team have designed a cloud and community based system to support the average Black business with very low cost and very high quality solutions that solve the top three issues that Black business struggles with.
Many problematic issues facing the Black community could be mitigated if the average household income was a little higher. The average monthly rent payment in Orlando is out of reach for minimum wage workers.
The low income populations sometimes have to decide whether to make a partial payment on rent so that they will have enough money to catch the bus to a minimum wage job or delay rent for two weeks, so that they can buy groceries. Too often, this is a fact of life when living near the Mickey Mouse tourist world.
Mayor Dyer and Mayor Demings are aware of homelessness and other dire consequences facing the underemployed, yet they and others continue to promote a flawed project that does nothing for this population. They provide no hope that things will get better. They don’t even have a plan.
The ‘Housing for All Initiative’ says that the major cause, driving the need for affordable housing is low income.
At a town hall meeting, I asked a City of Orlando housing specialist if there was a plan to address the low income issue. She indicated that there is no plan. Rep. Anna Vishkaee Eskamani interrupted my questioning by saying that she has a plan. I asked Rep Eskamani for a copy of the plan and have received nothing but excuses and diversions from her.
Mayor Dyer's campaign promise to Black people and therefore, the community is to solve the housing issue. He recently announced a $15/hour wage increase for city workers. Wages increase over years and will surely be inadequate by the time it arrives.
Here are some excerpts from a study title, 'How Poor Americans are Exploited by Their Landlords.' The link to that study is at the end of this piece.
Ultimately, they find consistent evidence that the poor, and especially the minority poor, experience the highest rates of housing exploitation. In their most basic formulations, they find that renters in high-poverty neighborhoods experience levels of exploitation that are more than double those of renters in neighborhoods with lower levels of poverty.