Housing & Hunger

The Need

To put it plainly, Collier County can be an expensive place to call home. An average single-family house here is nearly twice the cost of anywhere else in Florida, according to the 2017 community needs assessment. Our essential employees — including police officers, nurses, teachers and more — cannot afford to live in Collier County. And the high cost of housing is closely linked to other problems, like food insecurity, because it consumes a disproportionate share of household budgets.

The Findings

  • $415,000 is the median purchase price for a single-family home in Collier County. The statewide median is $212,000
  • 58,000 county households are “housing-cost burdened,” meaning 30% or more of household income is spent on housing
  • When residents can’t find affordable housing where they work, they move farther away, increasing their transportation costs by 5%-10%
  • Over 10% of residents — and nearly 20% of children — are food insecure
  • Over $21 million = annual food budget shortfall in Collier County

Our Solution

Provide affordable housing

We will lead a collaborative effort with Collier County government to provide affordable housing and support services in Golden Gate for essential employees, seniors and veterans, to address the unique challenges of this population and their families.

Make food more accessible

The foundation will work with local food pantries to expand their capacity to address food insecurity.

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Help us make housing affordable and ensure no one goes hungry.