Letter to the Editor: Teachers, servers deserve to be able to afford their housing in Summit County

Mary Ann Gatto-Bingham

Recently, I have had conversations with some county residents who work in the school district and in Frisco restaurants. The teacher was lamenting the lack of housing for the new teachers who had been hired right out of college. One server told me that she needed two jobs so she could pay the rent. She said most of her fellow servers worked three jobs. Another server told me that the restaurant was not open for lunch due to lack of staffing.

So, I was excited when I saw the headline in the July 30 issue of the Summit Daily News that Frisco was pursuing five affordable housing projects! After reading the article, however, I was struck by the fact that there was no mention of affordable apartments. How can a teacher right out of college or a server in a restaurant (plus the many other workers whose jobs are not high paying) afford to buy “affordable” housing in Frisco? I read online that there are only 439 low-income apartments in Summit County. I would be interested in learning why apartments are not being considered for these five projects. 

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