Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

IN THEIR OWN WORDS | We Set Up the Camera, They Spoke. See What Millennials Had to Say about Rent in Sarasota.; Ocelyn Geraldson - 29 - Bradenton [Derived Headline]

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

IN THEIR OWN WORDS | We Set Up the Camera, They Spoke. See What Millennials Had to Say about Rent in Sarasota.; Ocelyn Geraldson - 29 - Bradenton [Derived Headline]

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ocelyn Geraldson - 29 - Bradenton

"There's not a whole lot that's a basic apartment -- it's either

random rental houses or not-so-great apartment complexes. Spe- cifically,

downtown seems to be full of retirement homes in prime

locations, which is fine, but what about us who contribute?"

Amber Grace - 25 - Bradenton

"There aren't a lot of options, and what's available isn't affordable."

Brandon McAllister -

26 - Sarasota

"I got really lucky. I knocked

on a locked door of the club-house,

and they told me one

lady in the whole complex

was willing to rent. If I didn't

find that, I'd really be in

trouble. Everything else was

absurdly expensive."

Matt Rhoades - 23 -

Sarasota

"Everything I found was over

$600 a month with a roommate.

Given the median income for

people our age ... it's crazy. It

king of goes against what

they say they want Sarasota

to be: young, vibrant, artistic.

If the young people leave, you

won't have any of that."

Daniel Kelly - 27 -

Sarasota

"I'm very lucky, but I know

it's only a matter of days until

they increase my rent. They'll

probably jack it up by 50

percent when the homeowners

come back and see what's

going on in my neighborhood

off of Sixth Street. I'm terrified

of what's going to happen."

Sabrina Cummings -

23 - Sarasota

"For me the hard part is

commuting. I don't drive, so

for me to commute to work,

I have to take the bus. I've

had to move for less of a

commute."

Sam Robertson - 24 -

Sarasota

"I live with my parents

because I can't afford to

live on my own at all. With

my income, I could afford

maybe $600 a month, tops.

Anything I can afford is in a

neighborhood I don't feel safe

in, especially if I were living

alone."

Kevin Salazar - 25 -

Bradenton

"I'm lucky, I rent my parents'

old house and get a nice deal.

But for what you make here,

it's hard to pay all the bills."

Morgan Nelson - 29 -

Bradenton

"I called Carlton Arms -- they

have a six-month waiting list.

There's just a lack of rent-als;

they're either way too

expensive or there are no

vacancies."

Brett Holte - 24 -

Lakewood Ranch

"It's expensive; my one-bedroom

is $1,100. But trying

to find anything I can afford

is tough."

Josh Wilkes - 24 -

Sarasota

"I moved to Orlando years

ago because of the housing

cost, but I was still surprised

by how expensive it is when I

moved back. …

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