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Taylore Maxey (850) 488-4197
For Immediate Release:
05/22/2019

Florida Housing Unveils Additional Hurricane Michael Housing Relief

New Programs to Focus Dollars on Homebuyers

PANAMA CITY, FLA. - Today, the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) announced the availability of two new homeownership programs that will provide additional affordable housing resources for those Floridians who were impacted by Hurricane Michael. Trey Price, Executive Director of Florida Housing Finance Corporation, unveiled the programs during a meeting with Mayor Greg Brudnicki of Panama City.

“Florida Housing is proud to work alongside Governor DeSantis, state, and local officials to provide safe, decent affordable housing for Floridians,” Price said. “These homeownership and down payment assistance programs will help the rebuilding of these Panhandle communities and for families to achieve the American Dream affordably.”

Expected to launch in early June, the Homeownership Loan Program (HLP) will offer a favorable 30-year fixed rate first mortgage coupled with up to $15,000 in down payment (DPA) and closing cost assistance for qualifying homebuyers up to 140 percent AMI. DPA loans will be at zero percent interest, non-amortizing and forgivable at 20 percent per year over five years. The DPA loan is fully forgivable if an active duty serviceperson is officially reassigned and must sell the home. A total of up to $5 million in DPA will be available and may be used in conjunction with a variety of first mortgage products, including Veterans Affairs (VA) loans. Those eligible do not have to be a first-time homebuyer to qualify for this program, though the home must be owner-occupied.” 

The Homeownership Pool (HOP) Program will also launch in June and will create a $1 million pool of federal (HOME) funds to be made available to Hurricane Michael impacted counties for new single-family housing. Homebuilders who participate in this program can use up to $35,000 in down payment and closing cost assistance loans (DPA) to assist homebuyers in qualifying to purchase these new homes. The DPA loans assist borrowers at 80 percent area median income (AMI) and below and are zero percent interest, non-amortizing and due on sale, refinance or non-owner occupancy.” 

Also, Florida Housing’s Board of Directors recently voted to approve funding to construct seven newly-constructed rental developments providing over 200 units of affordable housing. The more than $30 million investment will be made using federal Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funding and include developments in Bay (3), Gulf (2), (1) Jackson and (1) Wakulla counties.

Florida Housing was created by the Legislature more than 35 years ago. We are the state’s housing finance agency (HFA) that administers state and federal resources to help provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for the citizens of Florida. For more information, please visit www.floridahousing.org. Be sure to “Like” us on Facebook, and “Follow” us on Twitter @Florida_Housing.

 

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