Affordable Housing: Call for participation

America has a housing crisis!  There aren’t enough affordable housing options for those with moderate incomes and even less for our neighbors who are in need.  Meeting this challenge will take affirmative action by government on all levels combined with affirmative action by private individuals, businesses and organizations.

We are looking for Leaguers who are interested in learning more about how this shortage affects Palm Beach Country and what needs to be done: there are multiple issues affecting availability of housing for working families, homeless people, and those with special needs here in Palm Beach County. We invite you to sit down and discuss multiplying workforce needs within the business community, inadequate household income, rapidly rising housing and transportation costs, declining availability of land and declining public funding. The graphic below shows the enormity of the issue: 134,003 households spend 50% or more of their income on housing, 122,968 spend one third to half their income on housing.  Housing prices are rising rapidly each year, while income is not.

PBC Households by Income and Cost Burden, 2015

Household Income as

Percentage of Area

Median Income

Amount of Income

Paid for Housing

0-30%

30-50%

50% or more

<=30% AMI

6,307

7,686

59,655

30.01 – 50% AMI

14,173

22,400

35,627

50.01 – 80% AMI

38,899

35,259

23,520

80.01 + % AMI

258,340

57,623

15,201

Total

317,719

122,968

134,003

The Area Median Income (AMI) for Palm Beach County, in 2017, is $67,900 for a household of four. 

Most recent 2017 median home cost is $345,000.

This is an opportunity to learn more and consider becoming a League of Women Voters observer on one of the regional committees being appointed to bring answers and solutions back to the county-wide Palm Beach County Housing Summit Steering Committee, County government’s task force on this issue.

Contact Sammy Alzofon 561-800-8274, (sammy.alsofon@gmail.com) or Ezra Krieg (krieg@gulfstreamgoodwill.org)