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No Sweeps For Florida Affordable Housing Funds Could Help Rebuild Communities

For the first time in more than a decade, the Florida Legislature will not take money away from an affordable housing trust fund. This comes as the state faces what some call an affordable housing crisis. Money from a state affordable housing trust fund can help people buy houses, pay for repairs, and more. It can also assist developers in building affordable apartments.

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‘Affordable housing’ is vital for first responders, educators. Fund it | Opinion

The state of Florida has problems with affordable housing for our workforce. Our lawmakers know this, and it is why the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund was created almost 30 years ago. Each year the Florida Legislature allocates funding for affordable housing, and yet each year we come up short. This year, we must do better.

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New 95-apartment affordable housing development breaks ground in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS – Starting Wednesday, crews will be building a new facility with 95 apartments in Fort Myers. It’s called Cypress Village, and it’s part of an effort to address homelessness in the city. The apartment building is going to be the first of its kind in Fort Myers, and that’s mainly because it will include on-site services to help people find jobs or get counseling or treatment.

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High housing costs, low pay force Florida teachers to stretch limits

SARASOTA — The students in Ms. Stringer’s chemistry class at North Port High School would crack up when Alex Foley, 17, slipped and called his teacher by her first name, Jen. It was an honest mistake. She wasn’t just his teacher last year — she was also his coworker.

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What is affordable housing?

Business leaders, politicians, community members all talk about affordable housing, but what is it? What is the difference between workforce housing and subsidized housing? Affordable housing reporter Lauren Lindstrom explains.

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Florida launches new home loan program for vets, active military

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — The state of Florida is on a mission to make sure more veterans have access to affordable housing. Now, a new program will help veterans and active soldiers find a home and reduce the number of homeless vets. It launched Monday. Florida Housing said they are expecting to serve over 1,000 veterans and active servicemen and women.

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Connect South Florida: Population Growth is Driving Demand for Affordable Housing

Population growth in the United States has slowed overall in recent years, but South Florida has continued it’s remarkable and rapid growth. That growth is spurring demand for more multifamily housing in the region, specifically of the affordable variety, even as the nation faces uncertainty heading into the 2020 presidential election.

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South Florida Experts Discuss Region’s Affordable Housing Problem

South Florida experts on Tuesday discussed the region’s affordable housing problem during a conference held by the Urban Land Institute. The panel was one of many during the three-day Housing Opportunity 2020 conference in Miami. Low wages coupled with the high cost of living, lead to unaffordable housing.

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Developers are Building “Attainable” Housing — Without Subsidies

Multifamily developers have been grappling with the overwhelming demand for workforce housing units. One metric from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey pointed out that close to 50% of American renters are classified as “cost burdened.” While the need for affordable housing is definitely there, the conventional wisdom has been that such developments don’t pencil out, not without some kind of municipal, state or federal subsidy.

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Debbie Mucarsel-Powell Announces Funds to Help Affordable Housing in South Florida

At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, D-Fla., showcased $498,500 in grants to the NeighborWorks network serving her South Florida district. The funds “will support efforts to develop and preserve affordable housing, revitalize and sustain neighborhoods, and create jobs.”

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County considers surplus land for affordable housing

SARASOTA — If Sarasota County commissioners approve Tuesday, two county-owned properties could go on the market for affordable housing purposes. And for one of those properties, commissioners already authorized County Administrator Jonathan Lewis last November to see applications from nonprofit organizations interested in buying the land for that purpose.

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Debbie Mucarsel-Powell celebrates nearly $500K in affordable housing money for CD 26

U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell is celebrating the release of nearly $500,000 aimed at improving access to affordable housing in Florida’s 26th Congressional District. That money is part of an overall $157 million investment this Fiscal Year in NeighborWorks America, a nonprofit aimed at advancing community development nationwide.

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