Meet Connect West Palm Beach Jesse Bailey and Juan Orellana City Voice Podcast 042

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A non-profit organization called Connect West Palm Beach is on the scene in West Palm Beach. 

Connect WPB sees itself as an organization for all of West Palm Beach.

Educate, Activate, and Change in street designs in favor of people and neighborhood Connection seems to be their mission.

They hope to provide technical assistance and amplify the voices of people who want that also.

My conversation on the City Voice Podcast this week is with Jesse Bailey and Juan Orellana.

Jesse Bailey is the author of the Walkable West Palm Beach blog.

Juan Orellana operates SkyBike (a bike share company) in West Palm Beach and is the author of the Bike West Palm Beach Blog.

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Connect West Palm Beach

Contribute to Connect West Palm Beach

Walkable West Palm Beach Blog

Bike West Palm Beach Blog


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Housing from the Homeless to Our Workforce City Voice Podcast 041

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In past episodes of the City Voice Podcast, we have discussed housing for the homeless with our friends at The Lords Place and with others. We are going to discuss homelessness today.

First I want to talk about what’s most often referred to as workforce housing i.e. housing for your average working person within a certain economic range.

Lately, I find myself referring to it as housing for the missing middle.

For a while now I have been talking with talented young people in WPB and in other cities who went to college, go to work every day, are single, and are looking out at their lives and saying how will I get married, have kids, and raise a family here. Is there an area where I can afford a house, in a reasonably safe area, have a decent school, and be able to put down roots? This is an issue in many areas of the country.

The issue doesn’t just affect the young professionals who want all those things. It affects every one of us.

How does that affect me you ask??? I’m doing fine you say??? Well, just one way is talent i.e. intellectual capital and energy. Those things equate to a more resilient dynamic economy wherever you live. Economies are driven in part by the talent or lack thereof that drives it.

This week’s Conversation

I’m joined by Armando Fana, Director of Housing and Community Development for the City of West Palm Beach.

Among other things… Armando over the last 20 years has been program manager for the Broward County Workforce Development Board, where he was part of welfare reform implementation and workforce housing programs. He was also the Director of the Hollywood Florida Workforce One Center, and went on to be the field office director for HUD’s (as in dept of Housing and Urban Development)  Miami office…which covers 10 Florida Counties.

Armando has been with the city of West Palm Beach since 2015.

Show links and notes:

West Palm Beach Department of Housing and Community Development

Housing and Community Development phone number. (561)822-1250


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