Southwest Florida is a paradise vacation spot, but for many residents, living and working in paradise is growing more unaffordable by the second. Lee County is struggling to fill the gap of attainable housing options for many people working in the area.
Attainable housing — costing 30 percent or less of an individual’s monthly income — is not widely available in Lee County. In fact, 49 percent of all households in the county spend 30 percent or more of their monthly income on rent. The average Lee County household spends a total of 58 percent of its income on housing and transportation, according to the Center for Neighborhood Technology.