Housing discussion series continues with event in Gainesville

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - An event was held Tuesday night at Dayspring Baptist Church in Gainesville as part of an on-going housing discussion series.

A number of experts presented data on housing needs in Gainesville.

They talked about the affordable housing options, the importance of zoning, and taxes and fees related to housing.

“The purpose of this is to develop a housing action plan to identify and develop strategies to address access to affordable housing in our community," said Gainesville Assistant City Manager Fred Murry. "The city will be having four large meetings and several community and neighborhood meetings to get public input on where the city should put its efforts in to address access to affordable housing."

Attendees also had the chance to comment and ask questions.

“Access to affordable housing is just not a Gainesville issue, it’s a nation-wide issue," said Murry. "We’re going to look at what other cities have done that are similar to our size and cities that are larger than ours and take a look at what they’ve done and take those pieces that work extremely well, and then we’ll be bringing back recommendations with some funding strategies back to the city commission some time in March, and then they’ll determine what direction we go in from that perspective."

There will be two more sessions of the housing discussion series: December 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mount Carmel Baptist Church and January 7 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Senior Recreation Center.