7,400 Essential Workers in St. Johns County Struggle to Afford Homes

Over 7,400 workers in education, healthcare, and law enforcement in St. Johns County, Florida, cannot afford to buy a home in the county, according to a study presented to the county’s Board of Commissioners. The county, which has the least affordable housing in the area, has a median home price of $510,000 and a median rent for a three-bedroom home of $2,290. The St. Johns County Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC) has recommended focusing on five key priorities to address the issue, including flexible densities, modification of impact fees, public land inventory, impact fee credit transfers, and accessory residential dwelling units. AHAC plans to discuss a strategy to implement its plan with commissioners in 2024.

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