Cocoa Council Tackles Homelessness and Affordable Housing

In a gathering, the Cocoa City Council tackled some community concerns, with homelessness and the development of affordable housing taking center stage. The council discussed a range of issues from public camping legislation to the allocation of properties for workforce housing, emphasizing the need for strategic planning and community engagement.

The meeting’s focal point was the homelessness crisis and the need for affordable housing solutions. The council reviewed a list of 45 properties earmarked for permanent workforce housing, including two properties under the Diamond Square Community Redevelopment Area. Amidst the discussions, there was a call for a strategic approach to ensure these properties are used as intended or reclaimed within a specified period if not. The council approved a resolution identifying these properties.

A debate unfolded over House Bill 1365, concerning public camping, and Senate Bill 1530, touching on the challenges of unfunded state mandates. A council member expressed concerns that the legislation may unintentionally target the homeless population and underscored the necessity for the city to create more shelters by purchasing properties. The shortage of affordable housing as a leading cause of homelessness was acknowledged, along with the related issues of drug problems and property concerns. The council also deliberated on the funding sources for potential homeless shelters and possible collaboration with neighboring municipalities.

Council members debated the timing and appropriate format for such discussions, with suggestions to tackle the issue during budget meetings to consider financial implications.


The meeting also featured a presentation by Manda Musa, Executive Director of Historic Cocoa Village Main Street, who detailed the organization’s efforts in community engagement and development. Musa highlighted the organization’s expansion, its work on a cultural grant application, and the support of charitable causes through community events.

Further discussions included a presentation by a representative from the American Legion Indian River Post 22, seeking sponsorship for a veteran suicide prevention event. The council recognized the importance of supporting veteran causes and contemplated sponsoring the event.

Another topic of concern was raised by a resident who pointed out the absence of specific initiatives in the city’s strategic plan for addressing homelessness. The resident also urged the council to consider the impact of eliminating local business tax receipts and restrictions on transferring funds from utilities to general funds. The council members engaged in a dialogue about these financial challenges, the need for alternative revenue sources, and the implications of rising construction costs on housing affordability.


The council also discussed various projects, including a unanimously approved utilities improvement project with a 300% increased budget from initial estimates. The project, involving a tunnel with steel casing, had been settled since 2008 and was essential for complying with an agreement between the county and the city. Furthermore, the council approved a task order with Atlantic Development Cocoa Inc for construction of utilities improvements on Friday Road and another for Osage and Angelica. Concerns regarding transparency and the impact of these developments on the community were raised, with the city manager defending the process and the diligence of city staff.

Another noteworthy aspect of the meeting was the introduction of stick PCs for public use at Travis Center and Jolie, with the County responsible for their maintenance and associated educational programs. Additionally, the council discussed the positive progress of two recruits from Cocoa High School and acknowledged the contribution of the old fire station one and Family Promise with a diamond award.

The city manager’s report highlighted the city’s strategic planning efforts, defending against criticisms and outlining various plans such as the capital improvement and police department strategic plans. The report also mentioned upcoming events and initiatives, including a key to the city celebration for a Super Bowl winner and the establishment of a computer lab at the Jolie Smith Community Center using ARPA funding. The city manager concluded by emphasizing the city staff’s role in accomplishing these initiatives and his dedication to the community’s betterment.


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