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Listen in: Christian Service Center Director Eric Gray calls Disney’s affordable housing plan a step in the right direction

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Disney this week announced its plans to build more than 1,300 affordable housing units near Flamingo Crossings and the theme parks. 

WMFE’s Danielle Prieur spoke with Christian Service Center Director Eric Gray about what this means for housing insecure families in the area.

Interview highlights:

On whether Disney’s plan will help struggling families 

“And while 1,300 units won’t solve the affordable housing crisis in the community, I don’t think it’s Disney’s responsibility to solve the crisis. But them leading, you know, hopefully, we’ll get another 50 businesses in the community to invest similarly.”

On what counts as affordable housing

“You really want them to not have to spend more than 30% of their income on rent. So in this community, if you have, say, a household income of $45,000, 30% of that, you’re looking at somewhere around, let’s say, $15,000, a year that you should be spending.”

On why more units should be built near public transit

“If I’m, I’m working, let’s say in downtown Orlando, it’s really hard for me to live in a community like Apopka or Bithlo or Kissimmee because it’s going to take me three hours on the bus to get here.”

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Danielle Prieur

About Danielle Prieur

Reporter & Fill-in Host

Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter at WMFE. You can hear her reporting on a daily basis on the station. She also fills-in as a host during the morning and afternoon drive times. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and Vox. Danielle is originally from Rochester Hills, ... Read Full Bio »