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Affordable Housing Main Concern at Lee County Community Development Meeting

3:59 PM, Sep 27, 2018

The cost of housing was a topic of discussion at the last Lee County Community Development meeting.

Affordable Housing Main Concern at Lee County Community Development Meeting

“Rents have gone up so much since I first moved here," Tracey Fasano said, a Fort Myers resident, "mortgages and housing costs have gone up so much and I’ve only lived here seven years."

A document presented at the public meeting explained impediments to affordable housing . The document outlined the amount of commercial land available in Lee County, the regulations making development difficult and reasonably priced places to live for lower-to-middle income residents.

For Cape Coral builders and realtors, the document doesn't present any new information.

“The entry-level homes we’re building," Joe Calderone said, an employee of Tudor Villas Realty and Construction, “they’re not on the market for more than, like, 20 days. There is not a shortage of people who want houses at this price range. It’s just the supply itself.”

The lack of supply is a deterrent to new people moving in the area and to retain current residents.

Lee County representatives and the Florida Housing Commission decline requests to comment.

“It’s a tough transition to make,” Fasano said. “You used to be able to come to Florida and make a life and I don’t think you can really do that anymore. You have to bring your life with you.”

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