For decades prior to Hurricane Irma, there has been a scarcity of affordable housing in the Keys due very simply to limited supply and high demand. Already faced with the highest cost of living in Florida, that situation was intensified by Hurricane Irma when so many homes were heavily damaged or destroyed. The hardest hit areas were those in the very neighborhoods of the Lower and Middle Keys where service and hourly workers could afford to live. The majority of those displaced are teachers, police officers, servers, cashiers, firefighters, and the like – the very people who make the Keys what it is.
Thanks to the generosity of our many Irma Relief Fund donors, UWFK is one of the first organizations to step forward in support of building new affordable housing in the hard hit neighborhood of The Avenues in Big Pine.