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Editorial: Use affordable housing funds on housing

Here in Gainesville, a lack of affordable housing is apparent in the long waiting lists for public and other subsidized housing.

Plenty of housing is being built in Gainesville, but little of it is affordable to residents already struggling to pay their bills.

A report issued earlier this year by the United Way found that 50% of Alachua County households face difficulties being able to afford basic necessities such as housing and food. The figure grew by six percentage points from 2010 to 2016.

Statewide, 46% of households were reported to be experiencing similar struggles. Florida residents face a particular challenge in being able to secure affordable housing, with the United Way finding that high demand for housing has pushed down vacancy rates and created a deficit of more than 309,000 affordable housing units across the state.

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