FLORIDA HOUSING LAUNCHES ITS RE-ENGINEERED WEBSITE

Event Detail:TALLAHASSEE, FL—Today, Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) launched its re-engineered website. The new site will deliver an enhanced user experience to better provide information about the Corporation and its many programs to the public.

We are excited to see this website redevelopment project come to fruition today,” said Harold L. “Trey” Price, Executive Director for Florida Housing. “Staff worked long and hard to deploy a new website that integrates all areas of the Corporation to better showcase the good work that we do.

Florida Housing’s website, www.FloridaHousing.org, features representations of the populations served by rental housing development and homeownership programs it administers. The site is organized in a more intuitive way that is much easier to navigate than its predecessor. For example, a prospective first-time homebuyer can visit the homepage and scroll down to the first colored block that says “Homebuyers and Renters.” The menu underneath says “Homeownership Programs Wizard,” which when clicked, immediately connects the user to the website application that helps them learn about the Corporation’s homebuyer programs, including available low-interest, fixed-rate mortgages, down payment/closing cost assistance, and lenders and Realtors® approved to work with Florida Housing’s programs.

The site is also compliant with the federal laws and guidelines, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Users who are visually impaired can convert the site to high-contrast viewing, and the text can be sized up or down, per the needs of the user.

Using the embedded Google® translation tool, the website can be translated into more than 30 languages at the click of a button. This is a very important feature for the diverse population of Florida, which includes citizens whose primary language is one other than English.

“We live in a world where a strong presence on the Internet is so very important,” Price said. “The website is a significant part of our efforts to communication and interface with our stakeholder audiences. The improvements we have made will help Florida Housing keep pace with an ever-changing affordable housing market, while speaking to the needs of renters, prospective homebuyers and developers of affordable housing,” he said.

Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) was created by the Legislature more than 35 years ago, to assist in providing a range of affordable housing opportunities for residents that help make Florida communities great places in which to live, work and do business. Our vision is to be recognized as an outstanding provider of innovative, measurable, data-driven and fiscally sustainable solutions that respond to the affordable housing challenges of our state. Today, Florida Housing continues its mission by increasing affordable housing opportunities and ensuring that its programs are well matched to the needs of those we serve. We cannot accomplish our mission alone. As such, we continue to work with local governments, nonprofits, elected officials and others to help spread the importance of affordable housing in Florida’s communities. For more information about the Florida Housing, visit www.floridahousing.org.

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