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Local leaders say housing is one of the biggest needs facing Tallahassee

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Tallahassee leaders agree housing is one of the biggest problems facing the city

Tallahassee Commissioner Curtis Richardson said a lack of housing is one of the biggest problems the city faces. As the city looks into plans to increase affordable housing, Richardson wants to make sure it’s also equitable.

“So we don’t have all of the low income housing concentrated in one or two areas, but that people have the ability to live throughout the community and that there are housing opportunities for them," Richardson said

Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox agrees that housing needs to be a primary focus for the city.

"You've heard of Maslow's hierarchy of needs? You know one of the things on there in those basic needs is shelter. And so we want to make sure that in the city of Tallahassee people believe and understand that we are doing everything we can to make sure that folks have housing and they have shelter," Williams-Cox said.

Williams-Cox and Richardson spoke before a local symposium Thursday on fair housing. April is National Fair Housing Month.

Increasing the city’s affordable housing stock is a major goal for the commission. During a recent workshop with the county, the board talked about plans to change its inclusionary housing policy as one way to create more affordable housing in Tallahassee.

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Regan McCarthy is the Assistant News Director for WFSU Public Media. Before coming to Tallahassee, Regan graduated with honors from Indiana University’s Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. She worked for several years for NPR member station WFIU in Bloomington, Ind., where she covered local and state government and produced feature and community stories.

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