AFFORDABLE HOUSING IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Last week, GlobeSt.com asked readership about affordable housing in your communities. Only 14% of respondents said their neighborhood has embraced it, while 43% of respondents said NIMBY is their way of life, and 43% chose to say that education had helped, but their neighborhood is not there yet. Cecka Rose Green is communications director for Florida Housing Finance Corp., a non-profit organization created by the state Legislature to increase affordable housing opportunities for Floridians and educate the public about its benefits. Green offers her thoughts on last week’s poll:

“The choice of answers [to this poll question] definitely reflect the attitudes that are still out there, and that is the attitude of “not in my backyard.” We know that we need affordable housing, but we’re not quite there yet. Housing in our nation is one of those things that’s a part of the American dream. Everyone should understand that affordable housing is a right everyone should have, not matter what income level or circumstances are involved.

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