Fighting for Affordable Housing
The residents who got together today hope places like vacant lots in central Columbia can be turned into housing for low income families.
First Ward Councilwoman Almeta Cayton led the round table discussion. The group included local realtors, city employees, and anyone concerned about affordable housing in Columbia. Participants talked about following the examples of other cities to help revitalize the city's neighborhoods.
"My biggest concern with the lack of affordable housing is that it is all centralized in one area. In order for what I believe is if the community is going to grow, it needs to be spread out, diversified, filtered out amongst different areas of Columbia," says concerned citizen Ron Tooley.
Thursday's meeting was the first of its kind. It brought residents together with realtors and city leaders to help bring this issue into the public spotlight.
There are no concrete plans yet, but the group will keep talking.