About The Task Force
Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings’ Housing for All Task
Force has launched and will prioritize short and long-term solutions to
address the affordable housing crisis in Orange County. The effort aims to
take the prior work from Orange County’s 2018 Regional Affordable Housing
Initiative, analyze the recommendations and put them into action.
The Task Force will reexamine the current state of housing with specific
focus on the needs of Orange County residents and the necessary
partnerships of developers, nonprofits, financial institutions and
jurisdictions to help sustain and accommodate the County’s growing
population. The initiative’s launch has always been a main priority for
Mayor Demings and coincides with his first 100 days in office.
“Now is the time to roll our sleeves up, take the research and information we’ve
obtained through our regional dialogue and implement specific changes to
tackle our local housing needs,” said Mayor Demings. “The recommendations
from the Housing for All Task Force will help Orange
County create public-private partnerships to increase the supply of
affordable housing throughout all areas of our community.”
LIFT Orlando Chief Operating Officer Terry Prather and The Keewin Real
Property Company owner Allan Keen are co-chairs of the Housing for All Task Force. Together they will lead the
38-member group, which includes three sub-committees consisting of
representatives from all six Orange County districts, leaders from a
diverse group of non-profit organizations and major employers, local builders,
real estate developer associations, community partners and financial
The Task Force will have the final action plan completed by the fall of
2019. The plan will also propose code and policy changes as well as
incentives to support a greater diversity of housing products in Orange
County. These will include mixed-use and mixed-income neighborhoods,
transit-oriented developments and creative housing prototypes.
The goal of the Housing for All Task Force is to promote a
transparent system that encourages community engagement. It will also
educate and inform local residents, and will ultimately provide practical
and lasting solutions to the affordable housing crisis in Orange County.