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Tallahassee and Leon County Officials Focus on Affordable Housing at Workshop

Affordable Housing
Posted at 5:23 PM, Oct 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-27 15:33:38-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - City and County commissioners have shifted their attention to solutions focused on building up affordable housing programs in the community.

Mayor Andrew Gillum spearheaded the panel that consisted of officials from both city and county governments.

The meeting emphasized affordable housing projects in the city as well as home rehabilitation efforts and home ownership.

"You're really dodging between being homeless, eating, paying your light bill, and having a roof over your head," said Gillum. 

Even though the discussion was about affordable housing, community members voiced their concerns on the immediate need for people of low-income households to receive attention 'before its to late.'

"As I listen to this presentation I did not hear any real issues dealing with what's happening to low income people in this community right now or in the near future," lamented Dorothy Inman-Johnson, former mayor of Tallahassee. 

Workshop staffers acknowledged that this was the first time that they were looking at affordable housing issues in the community as a whole and will need to have a more detailed conversation in the future.