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MODERATOR:
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 – Anchor, WESH 2 News team.

Panelists:

Mayra Uribe - Mayra Uribe Board of Orange County -Commission District 3.  

Traies Roe, Director of Real Estate, Eastern Region, for National Community Renaissance.

Roberta Walton Operations Manager,  Self Help Center and Family Services Division Orange County Clerk of Courts.

 


No Place Like Home: The Affordable Housing Crisis

According to an article in 
The Orlando Weekly posted 3/15/19 “a 2018 report ranked the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area second in the country for having the most severe affordable housing shortage, offering only 17 available and affordable units for every 100 extremely low-income renters. 

It is now worse
The Orlando metro area currently has only 13 affordable and available rental homes for every 100 extremely low-income renter households, according to a newly released report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area now ranks first among the largest 50 metropolitan areas for the most severe affordable housing shortage in the country, beating out other cities like Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Houston."
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Ever wondered exactly what "sweeping the Sadowski fund" means? Here are two links to help better understand how the fund came about and how it has worked in practice. 

http://www.floridahousing.org/FH-ImageWebDocs/AboutUS/SadowskiAct_Outline.pdf

https://wusfnews.wusf.usf.edu/post/states-affordable-housing-trust-fund-has-become-more-theory-practice



Project CommUNITY
Why Channel 2 is devoting a year to special coverage of the housing crisis in Central Florida:

"Jim Payne: PEOPLE LOOK AT A PROBLEM LIKE AFFORDABLE HOUSING, LOOK AT A PROBLEM LIKE CRIME, OR VIOLENCE OVERALL AND SAY, IT IS TOO BIG. YOU CAN WORK AND CHIP AWAY AT THE FOUNDATION OF THE PROBLEM. THAT IS THE APPROACH WE ARE TAKING.

Adrian Whitsett : WESH 2 HAS COMMITTED TO A YEAR’S WORTH OF SPECIAL COVERAGE ON THE HOUSING CRISIS. WE WILL CONTINUE TO FOLLOW SOME OF THE PEOPLE WE PROFILED IN THE HOUR-LONG REPORT AND ARE LOOKING AHEAD TO POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS." -

Jim Payne & Adrian Whitsett interviewed on 
"Let's Talk About It" 



Project CommUNITY

In case you missed it you can view parts 1 & 2 of the documentary below:

 

Part 1-Central Florida is worst in the nation for affordable housing

Part 2-The crushing reality of Central Florida’s affordable housing crisis