Residents Enjoy Affordable Housing Neighborhoods in Rural Florida

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Study reveals positive feelings about Florida Home Partnership communities

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In a limited study conducted October 2011 on behalf of Florida Home Partnership, a nonprofit affordable housing development organization, residents of the Bayou Pass, Hidden Creek, Las Villas and Summer View Oaks communities of southwest Hillsborough County expressed satisfaction about their Florida neighborhoods. Six percent of the families answered an online survey conducted by the Rural Social Services Partnership, Inc. (RSSP), a nonprofit agency whose mission is to develop a network of individuals and agencies which advocate for the underserved in Hillsborough County.

With 80% of the respondents being female, the majority of the participants were between ages of 25-40, and 88% of the families had 2 or fewer children living in the home. Participants found their communities to be quiet, peaceful and friendly with nice accommodations and active homeowners associations.

Like many communities, there were recommendations to manage speed limits, increase security, and improve common grounds maintenance. Mary Dillon, the executive director of RSSP, commented that while individual families may have challenges and generally any community could find areas for improvement, it was difficult to pinpoint any overwhelming need for these neighborhoods.

Earl Pfeiffer, the executive director of FHP, expressed appreciation in collaborating with RSSP. He stated, “While many of our communities are still fairly new, our goal is to empower the 500 plus residents and enable them to maintain the type of community they could be happy with for a long time to come.”

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