Cape Coral moving closer to all-ages affordable housing development

Reporter: Asha Patel, Zach Oliveri Writer: Derrick Shaw
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Digital rendering of the planned Civitas all-ages affordable housing development. Credit: Catalyst Asset Management

At Wednesday’s meeting, the Cape Coral City Council will look at funding a new all-ages affordable housing development that has been in the works since March.

The 96-unit Civitas community to be built off Pine Island Road would be open to families of all ages. Typically, such developments are aimed at seniors, but this one will have no age restrictions. Cape Coral officials say they are trying to create more affordable all-ages housing for city residents because they know it’s tough for people to keep up with the cost of living.

The rental housing will be for people at or below 80% of the area’s median income, meaning a family of four would have to make less than $64,000 to live in these units. The funding for this project comes from the city, the state and the Florida Housing Finance Corporation.

Amy Yearsley, Cape Coral housing coordinator, says residents are struggling more than ever to find affordable housing and rates just continue to go up, partly due to migration from other states.

“We are seeing significant rent increases and significant pricing issues as we see an influx of people from the north, people who are able to remotely work and move here and work from beautiful Florida versus, you know, up north,” Yearsley said. “We see that’s just driving rents up and driving housing prices up.”

If you want to move to Cape Coral, you better have big bucks.

“Just a couple of years ago you could’ve probably bought a 3-bedroom, two-bath home for around ($250,000) without a pool. Now that’s probably ($350,000) is the lowest. It’s more typical in the ($400,000) and up without a pool,” said Sam Yaffey, a realtor in Cape Coral for 26 years.

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