Pensacola affordable housing reaches disaster, resourceful suggestions wanted

Pensacola is significantly getting to be a appealing position to live. It’s looking at growth in careers, economic development options for small business entrepreneurs, features like a flourishing downtown and a cultural change to embrace diversity.

But all of those people advancements also shine a mild on what is not transferring ahead, namely cost-effective housing.

Over the final 12 decades of yearly High-quality of Lifestyle surveys — conducted by independent polling firm Mason-Dixon Polling and Technique and commissioned by Quint and Rishy Studer — Escambia County’s inhabitants claimed observing the notion of advancement in practically all areas except reasonably priced housing, which has stagnated.

Alex O'Neill, right, and Kendall Whitley talk Monday about the lack of affordable housing in Pensacola.

Throughout Escambia County and the place, very affordable housing is a commonplace difficulty, exacerbated domestically in the very last 12 months by an inflow of newly distant employees searching for out the seashore life style and low house taxes the Panhandle enjoys.

The housing current market and land price have climbed considerably and so much too have rental properties, leaving quite a few in the center-profits bracket — feel academics, law enforcement officers and nurses — spending a huge portion of their paycheck on a location to are living and getting cost-burdened.