City of Gainesville Housing Action Plan Draft Subject of Next Telephone Town Hall

Press release from City of Gainesville

The City of Gainesville department of Housing and Community Development will host a one-hour telephone town hall at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 to present a final draft of the City of Gainesville Housing Action Plan and answer questions from listeners about its proposed affordable housing strategies. The final draft of the plan is available online through this link

Speakers for the telephone town hall event include Gainesville City Manager Lee Feldman; Assistant City Manager Deborah Bowie; Anne Ray of the University of Florida Shimberg Center for Housing Studies; Blaise Denton and Ashon Nesbitt of the Florida Housing Coalition; and Andrew Persons of the City’s department of Sustainable Development. 

The draft housing plan will be presented, and speakers will review the following strategies to improve housing affordability in Gainesville: 

  1. Creating a Community Land Trust;
  2. Forming partnerships with area employers to create employer-assisted workforce housing for low- and moderate-income residents;
  3. Creating an inventory of public, institutional and underutilized land suitable for affordable housing.

Neighbors with landlines who would like to receive an automated call back at the time of the event are encouraged to register in advance through this link.

Please note registration closes three hours before the event. During the Telephone Town Hall, neighbors may dial in at 1-888-410-3427 to ask questions, share comments or simply listen in. Spanish speakers are invited to call 1-844-881-1317. 

The telephone town hall event, and live American Sign Language interpretation, will be livestreamed on Facebook, the City of Gainesville website and on COX Cable Channel 12. The recording will be archived online.