Commissioner Regina Hill posted information that she said was very disturbing to her. She posted new guide lines for obtaining a home through Habitat for Humanity. One qualifying guideline for the applicant is to not have a medical write off. Commissioner Hill believes that rule will stop up to 75% of the people hoping for a Habitat home. Also, you need a (640) credit score and annual income of at least $30,000 to qualify! Other rule changes make it clear that Habitat for Humanity has joined Mayors Demings and Dyer in speeding up District 5 gentrification.
Florida Sen. Rick Scott wrote an op-ed for Fox News that decried the federal government's response to the corona virus pandemic, implying that the country's millions of laid off workers would rather collect benefits than go back to work.
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.