MiamiHerald / People must pay far too much for rent or a mortgage in Miami, forcing residents to spend a disproportionate amount of their income on basic housing needs.

For millennials, this might mean that they must delay the time frame in which they can afford to move out of their parents’ home or decide to move to other, more affordable, cities. Those on fixed incomes feel the pinch even more, except for those few who are fortunate enough to own their homes.

Some speakers at a recent Miami City Commission meeting suggested that little has been done in West Grove to create affordability. Nothing could be further from the truth.

In 2011, then Commissioner Francis Suarez, who now is mayor, graciously provided District 2 with a $1.5 million grant from the Home Fund, a city fund that rotates through the various districts once every five years. Neither District 2 nor District 4 had received these funds, and the mayor knew that I would use these funds in the West Grove.

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