In November 2016, Orange County voters will consider a bond referendum to support both living and learning.
On Tuesday night, the Board of County Commissioners approved a motion to put $120 million toward school repairs and $5 million toward affordable housing. The interconnectedness of these needs was especially evident at the meeting, with signs and stories from both representatives from affordable housing organizations and local parents.
“As we all know, affordable housing is unfortunately scarce in the county,” Inter-Faith Council Project Manager Allan Rosen said. “By serving households with at risk kids, you will get extra bang for the buck."
The commissioners had previously proposed putting money from the referendum toward improvements to school buildings.
Representatives from the Inter-Faith Council, Habitat for Humanity and the Community Empowerment Fund had advocated that the board put at least $10 million toward affordable housing.