TOO MANY OF OUR CITIZENS WORK HARD AND ARE TOO CLOSE TO BEING HOMELESS.
Renting an apartment in Daytona Beach takes a full-time job at $20 per hour. These are NOT the majority of jobs being created for our current residents. Many of the lower paying jobs being created are filled by residents who cannot afford to live in Daytona Beach on the wages they make. They will not evaporate at the end of their shifts and they cannot afford the cost of commuting to more affordable communities. .
The will in City Hall to address this on an effective scale has been sorely lacking. Current programs are not well publicized and are underfunded for the need.
The City Commission needs to step up and require a comprehensive plan for the development of workforce housing through grants and public/private partnerships.
When a developer comes to town and wants taxpayer money to develop a project that will create primarily low-paying jobs, it is not unreasonable to expect that developer to contribute to the creation of housing for the citizens working in those jobs.
It is unacceptable for our citizens to work one or more jobs and be homeless.