Opinion: ‘Affordable Housing’ is Vital for First Responders, Educators. Fund It
Ron Lieberman, board chair of the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, makes the case for fully funding the state’s affordable housing fund.
The state of Florida was built on the pillars of tourism, agriculture and retirement real estate. The individuals employed in these industries are hard-working members of our communities, like educators and first responders, who simply cannot afford a decent place to live. These individuals help make Florida a great place to live, and the Sadowski Housing Trust ensures they can continue to work hard and live in their community. When people have a place to call home, it facilitates a healthy family environment, builds stronger communities and increases local economic impact.
This year, more than $387 million is available through the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund to support statewide affordable housing initiatives. That money is leveraged with other sources to allow affordable housing developers to finance the build of new properties that increases the supply of safe, quality housing for all.
Gov. DeSantis and the Senate have shown that they understand the critical need for affordable housing for working- and middle-class residents. Florida lawmakers now hold a part of the solution in their hands and can support this mission by voting for full funding of the Sadowski Housing Trust Fund this year.
Without this support, affordable housing issues will only continue to get worse.
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