Letter submitted on July 21, 2022
I agree with (Oviedo Local Planning Agency Board member) Steven Rich and (LPA Chairman) Darrell Lopez (in Oviedo Community News’ July 20 article “Oviedo Mall housing project no longer age restricted; new housing project surfaces”) that there is a great need for dedicated senior housing in Oviedo. As someone who has been working with and for seniors for many years (former Area Agency on Aging project director and current board of directors member for Neighbors Network, which helps the elderly age in-home), I encounter this need often. At its best, senior housing needs to be priced below market rate and accept housing vouchers, if potential renters qualify for them. I understand this is a challenge for developers, but it’s something the City (of Oviedo) can and should require in exchange for permission to build. It’s the right thing for our city to do.
Laura Capp, Oviedo resident