Do we have a housing crisis in Palm Beach County?
The answer would most likely be “yes” if you are a schoolteacher, police officer, recent college graduate, or among the many other low- to moderate-income workers struggling to find an affordable place to live.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Palm Beach County has added more than 14,000 reduced-price housing units in the past decade, but more need to be added, county administrators say.
Average monthly rent in the county is at $1,530 -- up from $1,175 in 2009, research shows. As a general rule, renters should spend no more than a third of their income on their rent.
Leadership Palm Beach County will be examining this issue during our next Lunch and Learn from 11:30 am – 1 pm on Nov. 29 at the Palm Beach Post building in West Palm Beach.
Our topic: “Attainable Housing in Palm Beach County.” Register here.
Sponsored by PNC bank, we’ve assembled a panel of experts to discuss how we as a community got into this situation and what’s our way out of it.
Our speakers will be:
-- Suzanne Cabrera, CEO, Housing Leadership Council
-- Paula Ryan, Commissioner, City of West Palm Beach
--Terry McDonald Anderson, VP, New Urban Community Development Coorporation
Our moderator will be Ezra Krieg, Gulstream Goodwill Industries.
We asked Kreig to share his vision for this discussion.
He said: “The why we need attainable housing is pretty self-evident, it is the how that, hopefully, will be the focus of our forum on Nov. 29. The success of these efforts, however, is contingent on community will. Without a broad level of support from business, residential and governmental sectors of society, any efforts will probably end up being too little to meet the current and future demands.”
He continued: “Success for the Lunch and Learn will be found in whether those that attend are willing to take an active role in making our community more amenable to creating opportunities for a broad spectrum of people of different income levels to live, work and/or play in Palm Beach County.”
Join us for this interesting discussion on Nov. 29. Once again, register here.