A Big Pine Key neighborhood badly battered by Hurricane Irma is about to get some relief.

The Avenues community housed some of the working class of the Florida Keys — those who before the storm were barely scraping by to call the Keys home.

“This is the teacher, the fireman, the cashier at the grocery store,” said Leah Stockton, president and CEO of the United Way of the Florida Keys. “These are people that our community would not survive or function if we don’t find a way to keep them in the Keys.”

Now, 10 months after Irma, a nonprofit that formed after the hurricane says it’s breaking new ground by putting up four affordable workforce housing units — two-bedroom homes that measure 760 square feet and are raised 12 feet. They’re scheduled for completion by the end of August.

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