Central Florida Organizations Conduct Financial Literacy Classes Amid Housing Crisis

ORLANDO, Florida. – As rising rents continue to reverberate across Central Florida and across the country, local organizations are working together during this housing crisis to provide residents with vital tools.

Haile Walker spent her Saturday morning in Parramore with her mom learning important skills when it comes to financial literacy and the home buying process.

As a recent college graduate, this information is very timely, she says.

“Attending this course was very rewarding because college doesn’t really teach you credit, it teaches you how to improve your credit,” Walker said. There are things you can get here that you can’t get anywhere else, and it’s free.”

Walker lives in Orlando and believes more people should take advantage of the free classes, usually held on the fourth Saturday of each month at the Callahan Neighborhood Center.

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All of this is hosted by the Bright Community Trust and the Parramore Community Engagement Council as an attempt to help residents, especially those in the black community, gain valuable skills when it comes to things like budgeting, savings, home preparation and more.

It comes in the form of rent in Central Florida and the country continues to grow.

“That’s why I want to buy a house. Who wants to pay almost $2,000 for something you can never own,” Walker said.

Tracey Blue works for the Bright Community Trust, which helps residents of Orange, Osceola, Lake, and Seminole counties provide resources to find more affordable housing. She said that there is certainly a need for more affordable housing.

“Let people know that this is not what you will be judged for. It’s something you can benefit from and learn from, and we have people here at every income level,” Blue said. “We are talking about how to manage your credit and if you have debt problems, how to deal with it. We’re talking about savings.”

Walker said she would be back and hopes others will too.

For a full list of scheduled classes and how to register, click here.

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