Housing & Hunger
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.
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.
The foundation will work with local food pantries to expand their capacity to address food insecurity.
Read “Priced Out of Paradise” – a report on what area experts have to say about the challenges of elevated housing costs, increased demand for food pantries, and how the Community Foundation will help lead collaborative projects and support food accessibility programs.