In 2017, Hurricane Irma devastated southwest Florida, especially the town of Immokalee, home to many agricultural workers and their families. The storm also exposed the urgent need for safe and affordable housing for these hardworking people.
Already a serious issue before the hurricane, the significant destruction of housing stock has left farmworkers and their families with even more expensive and yet sub-standard, unsafe and overcrowded housing. In many cases, rents tripled and even quadrupled due to unconscionable rent-gouging.
The men and women who harvest the food we eat and their children deserve better!