Affordable housing has become a huge crisis in our community. There are currently 16,000 families on the waitlist for affordable housing. In 2016, 35% of households, including 45% of the elderly, spent over 30 percent of their income on housing. According to economist, households should be spending no more than 30% of their incomes on housing, yet 16% of all households are spending more than 50% of their total income on housing. The City of St. Petersburg had the biggest budget in its history at $717 million dollars. However, through an unanimous vote by city council only $250,000 was committed to affordable housing. We don't need taxpayers funding a miniature Sadowski fund, we need to use our general funds more responsible. I want to use the millions we get from the Community Development Block grant, provided by HUD, to help fund more affordable housing within our communities. We must make affordable housing a priority for low income families, elderly, middle class, and young professionals.
There is no secret that over the past years downtown St.Petersburg has gained an influx of economic prosperity. However, we are concerned with our own economic development in our community as we are the most underdeveloped district in all of St. Petersburg. We will be dedicated to bringing economic prosperity at the same level into our own communities. We first would like to start off with retrieving the 86 acres of land that the Tropicana Dome sits on and put in place ACTUAL economic development projects that will create livable wage and more appealing jobs that will work to benefit the surrounding community.
We need to prioritize our own businesses right here. Use CRA dollars to help retain and expand businesses and companies in result of economic growth that can help sustain future generations.
After making a case to save $30 million dollars the City of St. Petersburg voted to close the Albert Whitted Wastewater plant resulting in a major sewage crisis. The City's sewage crisis has been measured through a number of items ranging from its damage to environment and its legal ramifications. The City of St. Petersburg committed to spending $326 million to fix its damages after sewage systems reportedly released up tp 200 million gallons of water from 2015. Due to poor leadership from the Kriseman administration the Citizens of St. Petersburg now suffer the consequences from damage to our local waterways, placing a high risk on our health and safety, even from an increase in our water bills. Citizens should not have to pay for something we did not do. I plan to create a culture of advocacy and policy for our environment. We must take a bigger initiative to break poor environmental practices and keep our planet clean and safe for future generations.
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