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'Yes In My BackYard:' Local group proposing policy changes for affordable housing in St. Pete

Posted at 6:57 AM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 08:41:21-05

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — There’s a new effort in St. Petersburg to create more affordable housing in the area.

On Thursday, the group, “Yes In My BackYard” St. Pete will request a referral to the Housing, Land Use and Transportation Committee from the city council to discuss policy changes to encourage the development of moderately priced housing.

YIMBY St. Pete says the city just doesn’t have enough affordable housing.

The organization says the poorest families pay the most for housing and in Pinellas County that translates to more than 121,000 families spending more than 40% of their income on rent or mortgage.

Project leaders say the shortage of affordable housing in the city is so great that building more government subsidies alone isn’t enough to solve the problem.

They’re proposing several policy changes.

Those include:

  • Upzoning
  • Inclusionary zoning
  • Combining parcels
  • Shared-equity home ownership
  • Adapted architectural design standards

The meeting starts at 8:30 a.m