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Tallahassee congregations host elected officials to push for more low-income affordable housing

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Tonight (Mar. 27, 2023) the Capital Area Justice Ministry will host its second Nehemiah Action, calling together local elected officials and community members to solve local problems. They’ll focus on how to increase the availability of very low-income affordable housing and civil citations for young people.

The Capital Area Justice Ministry is a faith-based coalition of 20 congregations from the Greater Tallahassee area. Bob Deyle is the co-chair of its affordable housing team.

“There’s about 13,500 families who are very low and extremely low-income households who are severely housing cost-burdened,” Deyle said. “They’re paying more than half their income for rent and utilities.”

Those numbers come from the Shimberg Center for Housing Studies at the University of Florida. The Capital Area Justice Ministry has been lobbying local elected officials to create an affordable rental housing trust fund targeting the need.

Local officials who have confirmed they’ll attend Monday night’s event are Mayor Pro-Tem Dianne Williams-Cox, Tallahassee City Commissioners Curtis Richardson, Jeremy Matlow and Jack Porter, and Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil.

The second Nehemiah Action will be tonight at 6:30 pm at the Old West Florida Enrichment Center at 2344 Lake Bradford Rd in Tallahassee.

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Margie Menzel covers local and state government for WFSU News. She has also worked at the News Service of Florida and Gannett News Service. She earned her B.A. in history at Vanderbilt University and her M.S. in journalism at Florida A&M University.