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In Osceola County, new affordable housing help for struggling working families

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Osceola County leaders are addressing sky-rocketing housing costs with a new program aimed at providing affordable housing for working families.

The program is called Pathway to Housing. It’s a collaboration of some 15 agencies from the Salvation Army to Valencia College to Addition Financial. 

The program helps families save for a new home by providing rent for one year. Families also get financial literacy and education help. 

Ken Chapman of the Salvation Army says the program is for families of limited financial means. 

“Most of us here today, you came out of your home and had a flat tire, you’d call AAA or maybe you could change it. But some of the people we serve, that is a game-changer. They don’t have resources. They don’t have a tire to change, and that causes them not to get to work, which causes them to lose their job.” 

The program will begin with eight to 10 families with hopes for more with additional funding. Osceola County is providing $1 million, and Walmart is giving $50,000. 

Amy Green covered the environment for WMFE until 2023. Her work included the 2020 podcast DRAINED.