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Frenchtown community pushing for more affordable housing options

Posted at 6:08 AM, Jan 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-28 06:08:31-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — A push to get more affordable housing in Frenchtown.

People who live in the historic neighborhood say they need more cost efficient housing.

People in Frenchtown say there is some affordable housing in the area, just not enough of it.

Monday night, 6 non-profit affordable housing developers addressed the problem...with ideas about how to create more housing.

" Theres not enough affordable housing anywhere," said Richard Dusembury.

Richard Dusembury has lived in Frenchtown since 2006.

He says the neighborhood is in serious need of more accessible housing for people who live there.

Monday night the Frenchtown advisory committee looking into what they can do to help fix the problem.

"We wanted to address affordable housing and give a clear definition on what the CRA can do within the community when it relates to affordable housing and what funding opportunities are available."

Tallahassee's Lenders Consortium a non-profit that promotes affordable housing says the amount of affordable homes in the area isn't where is should be.

" What we're all finding is that the inventory is not very good for home owners out there... those people who want to become home owners that are within certain income guidelines," said Karen Mills.

A complex housing problem with no clear immediate solution.

Monday's meeting did accomplish one thing though opening lines of communication another step forward towards create affordable housing options in Frenchtown.

"It's just critical. In Frenchtown we really need owner occupied housing. The housing has to be affordable people have to be able to afford to live there," said Richard Dusembury.

The committee will meet again to discuss whether they will bring the Community Redevelopment Agency a recommendation or not on this issue.

Which means they will have to make a decision on whether they are going to take on affordable housing right now.