Friday, April 07, 2006

Lack of affordable housing
is becoming a crisis



Ella Gerrity, 101, has been forced to move from apartment where she has lived for nearly 30 years because it is being converted into condominiums.

Photo from Florida Today.


Ella Gerrity moved into a $160-per-month studio apartment in Titusville when Jimmy Carter was president. She never dreamed that, at age 101, she'd be packing china and looking for a new home as her complex became Bay Towers condominiums.

Like thousands of people all over Florida, Gerrity learned how little low-income housing exists. In Brevard County, at least 1,000 people are on public housing waiting lists. Another 200 await Section 8 vouchers, which enable them to rent apartments or privately owned homes.

The number of older and disabled people on those waiting lists should concern all of us. And the lists won’t be getting any shorter because of federal budget cuts, the "condolization" of apartments, aging boomers and a dearth of new public housing.

"It's a problem now, but it's on the verge of becoming a crisis," said Bob Lambert, Titusville Housing Authority executive director.

A recent report from Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies found about 200,000 low-rent units lost yearly nationwide to demolition or conversion to market-rate rentals or condominiums. Read it here.

Read the Florida Today story here. And see previous post about the lack of affordable housing here.

14 Comments:

At 1:52 PM, Blogger John F. said...

I live on the other side the state, in Pinellas County. It's impossible to find an apartment or some other space to rent here at an affordable rate. Mobile Home Parks are being sold to developers who plan more condos, or strip malls, or whatever we already have too much of.

Then there are disabled persons who live here who cannot afford housing in the county (or any metro area at current) because their SSI payment doesn't even come close to covering the costs of rent - let alone food and utilities. It's a crisis all right.

 
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At 2:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's going on all over the country today is nothing short of evil. We don't need more expensive lofts, condominiums, strip malls, housing developments filled with "McMansions" or any of that crap, but developers keep building those anyway in spite of the demand of affordable housing. This is another example of profit first and people be damned.

 
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