Florida Housing Leaders Applaud Governor DeSantis For Full Housing Funding
Tallahassee, FL — Governor Ron DeSantis announced today full funding for affordable and workforce housing programs. Unveiled in his Bolder, Brighter, Better Future Budget, the Governor recommends providing $387 million to the affordable housing trust funds– $119.8 million for the State Apartment Incentive Loan (SAIL) Program and $267.2 million for the State Housing Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Program.
Florida Housing Board Chairman Ray Dubuque said, ““We appreciate and applaud Governor DeSantis for his continued commitment to affordable and workforce housing. His recommendation to provide $397 million in funding for our state’s critical housing needs will go a long way in assisting those Florida families that are most in need; including those impacted by natural disasters.”
Florida Housing Executive Director Trey Price said, “Florida Housing thanks Governor DeSantis for his recommendation for the second year in a row to fully fund the housing trust funds. The Governor continues to take bold steps to ensure all citizens in Florida can access quality, affordable housing; which in turn improves our communities and spurs economic impact in this great state.”
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 Credits 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 Initiative Partnership (SHIP) Program provides funds to local governments as an incentive to create partnerships that produce and preserve affordable homeownership and multifamily 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 strategies such as rehabilitation, emergency repairs, down payment assistance and homeownership counseling, new construction (when permitted), down payment and closing cost assistance, impact fees and mortgage buy-downs.
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.