Manatee millennials to commission: It’s too expensive to live here
Affordable housing top issue for young Manatee residents, workers
Wearing “I am the Manatee Millennial Movement” buttons, the majority of Manatee County’s millennial team shared where they live with the county commission at its Tuesday meeting.
Renting apartments and homes, owning homes, living outside Manatee County and living with their parents were where the county employees who comprise the county’s 36-person millennial team call home.
During the presentation, they shared that there is a lack of workforce housing in Manatee County.
“We are not looking for a handout at all,” said Simone Peterson, a member of the millennial team and a county government neighborhood services specialist. “If I make $30,000, I want to live in a safe, affordable place.”
After talking with different players in the community, including builders and developers, workforce housing, placemaking and infrastructure were the top three concerns identified by the group, according to Peterson.