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  • Due to the ongoing threat to public health, the Florida Housing Finance Corporation Board Meeting scheduled for Friday, April 30, 2021, will be held as follows:
     
    Friday, April 30, 2021
    8:30 a.m. EDT
    Call-in number: 888-339-2688
    Passcode: 679 413 28
     

    PLEASE NOTE:  Board Members will be meeting in person at the offices of Florida Housing Finance Corporation, 227 N. Bronough St., Tallahassee Florida; however, due to the current public health crisis and social distancing recommendations, all others wishing to participate in the meeting are asked to do so via the call-in information provided, if possible.

    The meeting materials will be posted to the Florida Housing website here - 2021 Board Packages - on April 23, 2021.

    If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Freaney at Sheila.Freaney@floridahousing.org

  • Kids 5-18 invited to design a piece of artwork leading up to National Homeownership Month in June

    Tallahassee, Fla. - Today, the Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) announced the launch of a statewide art contest, inviting kids and teens to submit their visions on the theme: What does home mean to you? The contest aims to increase awareness on the importance of having a home by encouraging kids across the state to use their imaginations to illustrate the meaning of what their home truly means. A Florida Housing committee will review all designs and select the top 40 to be prominently displayed in the Florida Housing Finance Corporation building in Tallahassee in honor of National Homeownership Month in June. The deadline to submit artwork is May 3. 

    “We are excited to kick off this statewide art contest at a time when having a place to call home is more important now than ever before,” said Trey Price, Executive Director of Florida Housing Finance Corporation. “Leading up to National Homeownership Month, Florida Housing wanted to bring back this fun initiative to engage with kids, while also increasing awareness of the need and significance of quality, affordable housing for all Floridians.”   

    Kids and teens between the ages of 5-18 are invited to visit Florida Housing’s website and upload an image of their artwork or print out the online form and mail it directly to Florida Housing’s main office at: Florida Housing Finance Corporation, Attn: External Affairs Department, 227 N Bronough St # 5000, Tallahassee, FL 32301. Florida Housing’s evaluation committee will select the top 40 winners in late May. The winning artworks will be announced on Florida Housing’s webpage and social media and displayed in the in the Florida Housing Finance Corporation building throughout the month of June.   

    For more information about Florida Housing and the statewide art contest: “What does home mean to you?” please visit www.floridahousing.org/artcontest

    Florida Housing was created by the Legislature 40 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 www.floridahousing.org.  

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  • Due to the ongoing threat to public health, the Florida Housing Finance Corporation Board Meeting scheduled for Friday, March 12, 2021, will be held as follows:
     
    Friday, March 12, 2021
    8:30 a.m. EDT
    Call-in number: 888-339-2688
    Passcode: 718 245 23
     

    PLEASE NOTE:  Board Members will be meeting in person at the offices of Florida Housing Finance Corporation, 227 N. Bronough St., Tallahassee Florida; however, due to the current public health crisis and social distancing recommendations, all others wishing to participate in the meeting are asked to do so via the call-in information provided, if possible.

    The meeting materials will be posted to the Florida Housing website here - 2021 Board Packages - on March 5, 2021.

    If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Freaney at Sheila.Freaney@floridahousing.org

  • Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) is conducting a state-level assessment to identify permanent rental and supportive housing needs of special needs and homeless individuals and families. Additionally, this study will include the financial modeling required to fully address the rental housing stock needs of each sub-population being assessed.  It will focus on the affordable rental housing needs of persons with disabling conditions, including persons with physical impairments, mental illness or developmental disabilities; survivors of domestic violence; youth aging out of foster care; as well as homeless individuals and families. Permanent supportive housing is affordable rental housing that is linked with community-based healthcare and supportive services to assist persons with special needs to have greater housing stability, self-sufficiency and a better quality of life. 

    Florida Housing has established a state-level advisory committee to assist staff and the research partners at the Corporation for Supportive Housing to fully develop the household characteristics and housing needs to be assessed, as well as the research approach and methodology.   

    “Florida Housing’s goal is that the findings and conclusions from this research will provide policymakers more refined, data-driven information to help make decisions that address the housing needs of some of our most vulnerable neighbors,” said Trey Price, Executive Director of Florida Housing Finance Corporation.   

    The advisory committee is comprised of members representing state government, academia, state-level housing, homelessness and special needs councils and coalitions, advocacy organizations, as well as providers of housing and services for the study populations.  These members bring vested interests and relevant expertise to the research project.   

    Florida Housing is pleased that Florida Representative Michael Gottlieb has agreed to serve on the advisory committee. Representative Gottlieb champions supportive housing for persons with disabilities that is fully integrated in the community. The needs assessment will be conducted throughout this year and is expected to be completed in December 2021.   

    “I am truly pleased to be working with Florida Housing Finance Corporation as we work towards finding affordable, supportive housing for those who need it most - our most vulnerable population of those with special needs. This research will benefit the efforts toward the best long-term housing solutions with wrap-around services and it is a privilege to be included in this endeavor”, State Representative Michael Gottlieb said when asked about his participation.

    This research will not only focus on the need for affordable rental housing that will help the targeted individuals and families obtain housing stability, but also the need for permanent supportive housing for some of the individuals and families.   

    Florida Housing has contracted with the Corporation for Supportive Housing to help staff conduct the needs assessment.  The Corporation for Supportive Housing is a national non-profit that partners with governments and organizations across the country through research and evaluation of data-driven models and programs aimed at providing the housing and services for special needs and homeless individuals and families.   

    For more information, visit Florida Housing’s website at www.floridahousing.org

    Florida Housing was created by the Legislature 40 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.  

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  • Tallahassee, Fla. –Today, Governor Ron DeSantis unveiled his 2021-22 budget proposal providing $423.3 million for affordable housing programs from the State and Local Government Housing Trust Funds.  Funding at this level, especially during a pandemic, shows the Governor’s persistent leadership and commitment to safely housing our citizens.

    Florida Housing Board Chairman Ron Lieberman said, “Providing sustainable, affordable housing for families in Florida continues to be the mission of Governor DeSantis and the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. Our continued commitment and this funding will go a long way in assisting households that are most in need, especially as we recover from this pandemic.”

    Florida Housing Executive Director Trey Price said, “Since taking office, Governor Ron DeSantis has been a strong advocate for housing. Together, the Governor and the Legislature appropriated more than $550 million for fiscal year 2020-21 in housing, disaster relief and pandemic funding, while aiding tens of thousands to find safe, stable, affordable housing.  This money also provided significant economic impact in communities throughout our state.”  

    As the state’s housing finance agency, Florida Housing oversees a number of programs and policies that were a success in 2020 that we plan to carry forward into 2021. Rental housing funding for programs such as the State Apartment Incentive Loan (SAIL) Program leverages millions of dollars in federal resources for developers to build even more affordable rental developments throughout the state. Additionally, homeownership funding for our veterans, and down payment assistance and closing costs for first-time homebuyers that helps families achieve the American Dream, will also continue. 

    Florida Housing’s largest affordable housing programs funded with state dollars are: 

    The State Apartment Incentive Loan (SAIL) Program provides gap loan financing to developers to leverage funding available under both the Multifamily Mortgage Revenue Bond and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit programs, resulting in the full financing needed to construct affordable rental units for families and elders. These are low-interest loans awarded on a competitive basis to developers of affordable rental housing.  

    The State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program provides funds to local governments as an incentive to create partnerships that produce and preserve affordable homeownership and multifamily rental housing. The program is designed to serve very low, low and moderate income families. The minimum allocation per county is $350,000 and may be used for a variety of strategies such as home rehabilitation and emergency repairs, down payment and closing costs assistance, homeownership counseling, new construction and homelessness prevention. 

    Florida Housing was created by the Legislature 40 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 www.floridahousing.org.  

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  • Due to the ongoing threat to public health, the Florida Housing Finance Corporation Board Meeting scheduled for Friday, January 22, 2020, will be held as follows:
     
    Friday, January 22, 2021
    1:30 p.m. EDT
    Call-in number: 888-339-2688
    Passcode: 579 421 68
     

    PLEASE NOTE:  Board Members will be meeting in person at the offices of Florida Housing Finance Corporation, 227 N. Bronough St., Tallahassee Florida; however, due to the current public health crisis and social distancing recommendations, all others wishing to participate in the meeting are asked to do so via the call-in information provided, if possible.

    The meeting materials will be posted to the Florida Housing website here - 2021 Board Packages - on January 15, 2021.

    If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Freaney at Sheila.Freaney@floridahousing.org

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