Protect the Homes and Habitat of Historic Maguire/UVS Villages: Stop the Demolition!

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“It is very unfair the UF decided to demolish these housing options for the future graduate students, preventing them affordable housing options. They have completely kept this in dark from the graduate students for so long, until the very end. I am probably not going to be affected by this decision as I will graduate before, but this is an absolutely unfair treatment to graduate students by UF, and I will be sure to mention how UF treats its graduate community to any perspective students from my country. Furthermore, UF is demolishing ~34% of all graduate housing units to build a sports complex, while not giving any alternative option and inaccurately claiming the units of a high costly, private owned apartment complex into its graduate housing capacity. Absolutely unethical and unprofessional of the UF administrators to do so.”

“I picked graduate housing since it is located in a great, family friendly environment, which we felt more safe and secure.”

UF clearly doesn’t care about us or the undergrads. They only care about money. Now that I’m done with the PhD I realize this has been so traumatizing- I can’t believe I let a big company treat me like sh*t for 8 years. They made our apts quarantine zones. They don’t care. We shouldn’t support this corrupt system.

For graduate students especially with dependents, Graduate housing provides an affordable and convenient housing solutions. The current demolishing plan of two major housing facility will have negative economic impact for graduate students. This affordable housing also help to keep the family together. Financial stability is an important aspect of balancing the difficulties of the graduate studentship period. I hope UF authority will also be able to realize the importance.

I’m a single mom from a low income family. GFH made it possible for me to even start school and I would not have been able to finish without it. It also helped me feel part of the community at UF which is hard to do here as an older parent. I also know how vital this place is to international and low income students. Student-parents are an invisible group and it’s easy to ignore needs for. We aren’t counted. As someone who worked on student-parent issues for years, getting our resources thrown away for profits and a meaningless metric and title has been painful the see. I am leaving the university feeling that none of my efforts mattered. The secretive nature and what seemed like blatant misdirection about it all made it hurt even worse.

The presence of my apt at on campus housing was the main factor that enabled me to came back to the US and continue my studies successfully after I had an extreme hardship that locked me away from UF and the US for 7 months just in the middle of my program.

Affordable housing on campus is very important for graduate students as they’re getting paid so little. A similar housing unit close to the campus will cost at least 30% more.

Maguire and UVS are the best places I have ever lived, bar none. There is ample space and amenities to raise a family. It is beautiful, safe, and affordable. I have seen it elevate many friends to great success in grad school, winning numerous awards, in no small part because having secure housing meant they could focus on their studies. Personally, originally living off-campus because on-campus was full, I have felt the vast difference in my academics and reduction in stress once I was able to move on-campus. This change has propelled me and been a wonderful change. These apartments are more than just buildings, they are a paradise and place to rejuvenate from the struggles of the rest of the world, and indeed are one of if not the greatest use of space on campus. Please do everything you can to save them for years to come. Thank you.

“I lived at Maguire Village for a little more than two years. The graduate housing was an affordable,
secure and convenient housing option that allowed me to have my private space while dedicating time
to classes, writing and then, preparing for my Ph.D. defense. I lived in few other places outside campus,
and I wish I had been able to secure an apartment on campus before. Back when I applied to housing in
2017, the demand was higher than supply and it took a little while until I was able to find an apartment.
My monthly stipend during my degree was paid through a foreign sponsor and was inferior to most of
my peers, which precluded me to have a personal vehicle and living on campus made a lot of difference
on being able to use my time better and dedicate myself to the busy work and study schedule that was
required. I have good memories shared with friends on that space and think the sense of community
was strong. I hope other students with less favorable economic conditions continue to be able to find
support through opportunities of housing like this for them and their families.”

“UF needs to realize that graduate and family student housing is a huge benefit for students. Living in Maguire Village from 2000-2006 allowed my husband and I to pursue our undergraduate (for him) and graduate (for me) degrees, begin a family and not fall into huge amounts of debt. The low rent, family atmosphere, and international community allowed us to make friends that we still treasure today.  My son was born while we lived there in 2003. I remember our many events, from International Coffee House to Village meetings, trick or treating, Chinese New Year, Hispanic Heritage celebration, swimming lessons, etc. I served as mayor for several years, helping residents to have their concerns addressed by housing.  My husband worked in the village office as well. Our son made his first friends on the playgrounds at Maguire and UVS.  My son is now applying to colleges including UF, and part of our campus visit in August was to visit Maguire Village. Having that connection to UF made him even more eager to apply. The village needs upkeep and maintenance right now, not demolition. The parklike atmosphere, acreage and trees need to be protected. It is a beautiful green space on a campus that is increasingly becoming less green.”

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