When you wish to live in the Southern Part of Heaven, the three things driving the price of real estate are going to apply: location, location and location. Orange County is a wonderful place to live. But wonderfulness costs. A lot.
Thankfully, our Board of County Commissioners has a 2016-2020 Affordable Housing Strategic Plan. This funding will be coordinated with other state, federal and private funding to ameliorate the shortage of affordable housing in the county. We hope.
Very soon, proposals will be submitted by developers interested in providing affordable housing to the county in exchange for funding help from the county. We are encouraged by several elements of the county’s strategic plan. It recognizes that a fair amount of appropriate housing stock already exists, but much of that needs repair to be habitable.
We encourage the county to make good on this if possible for two reasons: less environmental impact and keeping people in their own homes and neighborhoods.
The county land on offer for this plan is near our major population centers, recognizing that the poorest of our residents work in service of those centers and should not be constrained by availability of an automobile.