In an social media comment, Commissioner Regina Hill Discusses the lack of affordable housing and what is being done. Here are my comments on Commissioner Hill and the article. A link to that article appears at the end of this piece.
I attended a town hall meeting last week to specifically ask one question: ‘Is there a plan to address the low income issue that is driving the affordable housing crisis in Central Florida?’ Jessica Frye, AICP, Planner III, who gave a phenomenal presentation about housing, responded to the question by repeating it, explaining why it is a near impossible situation, and then finally saying, “No, there is no plan.” State Representative Anna V. Eskamani immediately spoke up and said that she had a plan, effectively hushing Jessica Frye and keeping her from explaining why there is no plan. I said nothing else during that meeting.
By Lawrence A Robinson With rent prices and the Central Florida’s population on the rise, many residents are having a hard time finding housing within their budgets. The median rent price increase 3% to 6% every year and household incomes are not keeping up.
The number of affordable houses being built and planned will never be enough to satisfy the needs of the community. These ‘lower value’ homes are not affordable to the existing area residents.
Not long ago, I was asked to be part of a panel to discuss, ‘What will it take to earn the Black vote in 2020.’ This panel discussion was organized by local Republican leaders in hopes of understanding what Black people wanted and what should be offered to gain their vote.
By Roger Caldwell Many residents in Florida would like to believe that Florida is turning into a purple state, because there are more Democrats on the voting rolls. But, President Trump in 2016 turned the state red, and won by 113,000 votes. In the governor’s cabinet, the most powerful group in the state, one member is a Democrat and the other three are Republicans.