South Florida Hospital News
Monday August 19, 2019
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Publisher’s Note - Affordable Is in the Wallet of the Beholder!

Affordable adj.: 1. to be able to do or bear without serious consequences. 2. that you have the financial means for.

If you’re a regular reader of my monthly ramblings, I’m sure you’ve figured out by now that Carol and I have vastly different definitions of "affordable." I tend to live for today (foolishly perhaps), while she prefers to linger in the land of "what-if." Such as what-if that $5 could be spend more wisely elsewhere and especially what-if the cost of that camera is NOT affordable.

But living and working in South Florida, it’s hard not to be confronted by the oxymoron – Affordable Housing. It’s a known fact that South Florida hospitals and healthcare employers face a difficult task both keeping and hiring employees because of housing costs in our area. And I don’t think it would be exaggerating to say that there isn’t a single committee I belong to that doesn’t see Affordable Housing as a significant roadblock to improving our future and existing healthcare community.

So you ask – what’s the point? Well, although, South Florida Hospital News hasn’t come up with the "giant step for mankind," we hope we’re embarking on, at the very least, a small step. Starting this month, in conjunction with area housing professionals, we are featuring – an Affordable Housing section. Broken down by proximity to area hospitals, listings will include both purchase and rental options all under $300,000 or $ 1,500 per month rental. No, I have not visited every property nor do I guarantee a perfect real estate experience; but if this assists one nurse or healthcare technician find the right place to live at a price they can afford – it will be well worth our efforts. Initially, I know it won’t suit every pocketbook, but we’re definitely going to try. So look for this section to grow and we invite real estate professionals to give us a call to find out how they can participate in this new Hospital News feature. We’re even establishing a website www.SOUTHFLORIDAHEALTHCAREHOUSING.COM to complement our printed publication. Hopefully, it should be up and running by early November.

On a lighter note, the Frog Vendetta at the Felix home continues. Thanks for all your great suggestions – but no luck so far. A public relations friend in Boca suggested we use kosher salt as a deterrent. What can I say – Gabby now thinks the backyard is a great big Margarita glass!

Charles Felix, Publisher

You can reach Charles Felix at sflahospitalnews@aol.com.
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