There's a real need for more affordable housing in our community. Affordable Housing Online estimates that approximately 58% of renters in Leon County are rent overburdened, meaning that they spend more than 30% of their gross income on rent. When people have to spend 40, 50, 60% or more of their income each month on rent, it's really difficult for them to afford healthy food, medical care, transportation, and other essentials. We need to come together as a community and discuss alternative ways to provide housing.
There are number of alternative-housing models, both here in the U.S. and abroad, that have a lot of potential.
Limited equity cooperatives, community land trusts, tenement syndicates, and mutual aid housing cooperatives all bring something different to the table and should be part of the conversation when developing our long-term affordable housing plans. While it's unclear exactly which approaches would work best in our community, it's undeniable that our current market-centered approach has failed to provide the types and quantities of affordable housing needed here in Leon County.
As County Commissioner, I would work to:
bring together community leaders and local non-profit organizations to discuss a wide range of affordable housing measures
hold a series of public hearings to allow for citizen input on this issue