December 15, 2019
Central Florida has most severe affordable housing crisis in nation


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Central Florida has most severe affordable housing crisis in nation

| 3/18/2019

Central Florida has most severe affordable housing crisis in nation

A new report shows Central Florida has the most severe affordable housing crisis in the country, even worse than those in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. That's what researchers from the National Low Income Housing Coalition found in their Housing Gap Analysis. It's a yearly report, and the latest findings build a grim outlook for low-income households in the greater Orlando area. For every 100 households bringing in little money, only 13 available rentals are within reach. Read the full report here and read more from WFTV, the Orlando Sentinel, and Click Orlando.

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