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Collier County is set to discuss ways to help tackle rising housing costs

COLLIER COUNTY

It’s hard to find affordable housing in Southwest Florida, but one county is trying to solve that problem. Collier County commissioners are meeting Tuesday in the hope of making it easier for people to live in the county.

If you are entering the home market, be prepared to pay a large sum of money. Renting an apartment is also very expensive if you can find one. Rates have increased by 38% in the last year.

“This is the time when we must inform them without a doubt that the people, the essential workers, the skilled workers are struggling. This is where we come together, we voice our concerns, and we fight for our homes, and we also fight for solutions,” said Lauren Czarnecka from Collier County .

Czarnecka said now is the time to ask for relief. She and others plan to defend the cost of living in Collier County during Tuesday’s commissioner meeting.

“I think we need to apply on an urgent basis,” said Joe Trachtenberg, chairman of the Collier County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee. He will make suggestions, but he admits none of them help those who need it now. “It is a very difficult problem and I am the first to tell you that there is no easy solution.”

Trachtenberg said Collier County must send a message to people who are having trouble paying their mortgage or paying their rent. When it comes to whether the workforce is valued outside of Collier County, of course. I think we’ve been losing workers for many years and I think what we’re seeing now is the situation is getting worse and worse,” Mr. Trachtenberg said.

Trachtenberg’s presentation on Tuesday will focus on a combination of solutions, including buying land and improving public transport.

The Affordable Housing Commission estimates that at least 40,000 people who work in Collier County live in Lee, Hendry or even Miami-Dade counties.

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