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Intersection: Affordable Housing In Orange County

Orange County leaders say the solution to an affordable housing shortage lies in building partnerships with other counties, and the private sector, to build more inclusive communities with housing for a wide variety of income levels. An upcoming workshop will focus on regulations and incentives to promote the development of affordable housing.
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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

With the influx of Puerto Ricans fleeing Hurricane Maria’s wreckage, Central Florida’s affordable housing becomes a scarce resource

Ana Mieles wants to be buried in Puerto Rico. She tells her children this when she visits them every few months on the mainland. But Hurricane Maria destroyed her home. Now she’s staying with a daughter in Orlando, just one of thousands fleeing the wreckage. Like Mieles, many are staying with their families for now. Others, though, may need more permanent, affordable housing – a scarce resource in Central Florida. The Metro Orlando area ranks third in the nation for its lack of rental housing within reach for extremely low-income residents, with just 18 affordable units available for every 100 needy families. But state leaders estimate that about 100,000 Puerto Ricans will migrate to Florida in the coming months. Orange …
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