Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Group formed to promote housing

Local business leaders are gearing up to house the Coast work force with an innovative plan to make use of government and private funding.

The Gulf Coast Business Council voted Tuesday to form a private nonprofit corporation to address affordable-housing issues in the three coastal counties.

Council President Brian Sanderson said the need for the corporation came about because national foundations approached the organization wanting to help with the local housing crisis.

"But they needed to see a plan that addressed affordable housing first," said Sanderson.

The corporation will look at buying land and partnering with national nonprofits and developers to create housing that is truly affordable.

"This is for work-force housing," said Sanderson.

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