The US Dept of Health and Family Services indicates that the poverty level for a family of 2 is $15,510 while a family of 4 stands at $23,500.
According to rentjungle.com, the average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Orlando is $783 and a 2 bedroom rents for an average of $924.
After food, clothing, medical care, transportation, utilities and other necessities, not much, if any, is left for the family. Many are left homeless or having to stay with relatives in an already cramped residence.
World Habitat Day, celebrated this year on October 7, is designated as the first Monday in October by the United Nations. On the same day, more than 2,050 Habitat for Humanity affiliates worldwide joined together to raise awareness about the need for affordable housing.
Locally, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area acknowledged World Habitat Day with a special ceremony dedicated to the completion of Stag Horn Villas, its first multifamily community.
“We couldn’t think of a better way to recognize World Habitat Day, than by celebrating the completion of Stag Horn Villas,” Dee Danmeyer, president and CEO of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando Area said. “This is our first multifamily community and our first green building effort – a milestone for our affiliate.”
The ceremony also marked the announcement of Habitat of Greater Orlando’s next community – Butler’s Preserve. This “new urbanism” community of 59 affordable homes will be constructed on a piece of property in the Malibu Groves area (west Orange county), which has been undeveloped for more than 20 years. Butler’s Preserve is named after Mable Butler, a longtime advocate for affordable housing and former District 6 Orange County Commissioner.
Completing the 3.9-acre, 58-townhome community, located off Silver Star Road, near Mercy Drive, was a community effort. Financing the $8 million community took contributions from 3,591 corporate and individual donors and more than 20,000 volunteers. Nearly 370,000 volunteer hours were logged during the project.
During the event, Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and Oren Henry, director of housing for the City of Orlando spoke about the stabilizing effect on neighborhoods Stag Horn Villas has had on both the city and the county.
“Because of the efforts from donors, volunteers and the homeowners themselves, we’ve provided affordable housing for 58 more families in Central Florida at Stag Horn Villas – including 82 children,” Danmeyer said.
To learn more about Habitat for Humanity Orlando or to make a donation, call (407) 648-4567 or visit www.habitat-orlando.org.