Personal Reflections from the President & CEO

Danielle N. Hartman, MNM
President & CEO

Please find a letter below that I shared with Vice Mayor Weinroth and Commissioners Bernard, Sachs, Kerner, McKinlay, Marino and Weiss, regarding the master plan for the Ag Reserve, which could directly benefit our community by creating pathways for affordable housing developments.

Dear Vice Mayor Weinroth and Commissioners,

I am writing to advocate for a revision of the Master Plan for the Agricultural Reserve which will be discussed at the upcoming meeting on October 26th. As you know from previous conversations, there is currently a lack of affordable housing options for older adults, teachers, fire fighters, those just starting their careers, and those adults with disabilities who are capable and desire to live independently in south Palm Beach County.

Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services, a social service agency which serves over 15,000 residents living in south Palm Beach County each year, we know all too well the hardships many older adults and individuals face in finding affordable housing options. Older adults living on fixed incomes already cannot keep up with inflation, and projections about the possible future increase in homeless seniors as a result of the lack of affordable options needs to be addressed now, before a more significant program develops.

I believe there were good intentions over 20 years ago when the Master Plan was originally developed, but so much has changed in our community over that time, including the significant increase in older adults currently residing in the Ag Reserve. Kings Point and Century Village are no longer affordable options for older adults. Our agency provides over $130,000 in homeless prevention financial assistance to residents in south Palm Beach County annually, and even that is not enough to meet the growing need.

I hope you and the other Commissioners will consider changing the Master Plan and include much needed affordable housing in the recommended revision. JFS stands ready to partner with the County to help inform this area and work towards collaborative solutions.

Thank you for your consideration,

Danielle N. Hartman, President & CEO
Ruth & Norman Rales Jewish Family Services

Click HERE to view the article that appeared in the October 27th issue of the Palm Beach Post.

 

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