Woodwinds Apartments are in the final stages, and residents will begin moving in to these workforce apartments next month.
The founder of New Beginnings understood the need 6 years ago. Lack of affordable housing is a leading cause of homelessness, so he started the process of bringing 96 workforce apartments to our community.
Priceless Amenities at Apartments
No longer just a dream, we’ve hired 2 case managers to serve the residents of the apartment community, so men and women can set realistic goals and hopefully increase their wages.
Our amazing life skill classes, currently provided for New Beginnings residents, will be offered to residents of Woodwinds on property, in the new clubhouse.
We’ll even bring our mobile food pantry for residents struggling to stretch their income.
The Struggle is Real
In 2018, the 2-bedroom housing wage for the State of Florida is $21.50/hour. That’s how much a fulltime worker must earn every hour, in order to afford a modest 2-bedroom apartment without spending more than 30% of his/her income on rent.
These and other shocking numbers just came out in a report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The same report explained that someone earning $8.25/hour needs to work 84 hours each week to afford a modest 1-bedroom rental at Fair Market Rent.
I was once a single mom. I know the struggle is real.
Workforce Housing Not Enough
Even with adding 96 apartments to the community—at rates they can afford—we believe it is vitally important to offer assistance for a brighter future, through a case manager, life skills classes, educational tutoring and emergency food.
We do all this because New Beginnings empowers our neighbors in need. We’re not satisfied to keep people at the poverty line; we want to equip them to thrive and get ahead.
Thanks for all you do as partners and friends to make that dream a reality!