The first step in improving housing stability is to advocate for the state to fully fund the housing programs with the dedicated funding stream created from the Sadowski Act and stop the legislature from sweeping these funds to fill gaps in the budget. These funds will provide quality affordable housing to our citizens and provide economic impact to our community through job creation and leveraged private funding.
We welcome your interest and encourage your participation.
Our committee has been busy coordinating events for the National Housing Week of Action JULY 22-29
Ways for you to participate:
*Write to your representatives using our easy Template and follow this "Virtual Write-In Event" on our LWVOC Facebook Page
*Reach out to your friends, family, and colleagues using social media or email and tell them about this National Event
*Be sure to attend the Leaguers in Action Speak Easy on July 26-Public Education, where we'll provide easy-to-send postcards and easy-tweet ideas so that you can help bring attention to the plight of Central Florida's students and teachers who struggle with the lack of Affordable Housing and are affected with adverse outcomes
SAVE THE DATES (Location will be announced soon) 6:00-7:00 PM
| Members can look at our Forums section to see the latest updates including meeting minutes, discussions, etc.
Action Plans for our Committee
- Ensure that every Orange County citizen has access to quality, affordable housing by working with state and local jurisdictions and organizations to increase the number of affordable apartment and single-family homes to meet the needs of our population.
- Advocate for full funding of Florida’s Sadowski Funds.
- Work with the Sadowski Coalition, a nonpartisan statewide organization, to urge the Florida Legislature annually to use all of Florida’s housing trust fund monies for Florida’s Housing Programs.
- Work with local jurisdictions on planning and zoning to ensure adequate affordable housing options for citizens.
- Work with our LWVOC Transportation Committee to advocate for increased public transportation accessibility for our low income families and individuals.
- Support the work of LWVOC Health Care Committee to ensure that all Florida citizens have affordable healthcare.
Affordable Housing Facts
Our committee is advocating for full funding for Florida’s affordable housing programs from the existing Sadowski Funds.
- The Sadowski Act passed in 1992, creating a dedicated revenue source to fund Florida’s affordable housing programs.
- Doc stamp tax paid on all real estate transactions was increased in 1992 and those monies were dedicated to the state and local housing trust funds. These funds provide for our state SHIP and SAIL programs which are distributed to local jurisdictions and are flexible to meet local needs. These programs impact the extremely low income in our community, including homeless, to moderate income workforce.
- 70% of monies to the Local Government Housing Trust Fund is for the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) program which funds housing programs in all 67 counties and larger cities. Some examples of how SHIP funds can be used locally:
- rehab/renovate existing housing to allow seniors to age in place or to provide retrofitting for persons with special needs.
- provide first-time home ownership with down payment and closing cost assistance
- 30% of monies to the State Housing Trust Fund is for Florida Housing Finance Corporation programs such as the State Apartment Incentive Loan (SAIL) program. Some examples of how SAIL funds can be used locally:
- rehab existing apartments in dire need of repair
- build new units where needed
- The SHIP and SAIL funding are highly leveraged with private sector loans and equity providing $4 to $6 for every $1 of state funding.
General Affordable Housing Information
- Quality affordable housing increases property values. Wall Street Journal Nov 2016 article link: https://www.wsj.com/articles/low-income-housing-shown-to-not-weigh-on-nearby-property-values-1480361327
- Quality affordable housing provides local economic impact with jobs and sales of construction materials. At full funding, these monies would provide 28.700 jobs and $2.78 billion in economic impact throughout the state (based on the estimated doc stamp projection from Dec 2016 which would provide $292.37 million housing trust funds)
- 2016 Regional Rental Affordability Statistics from the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)
- Rent affordable at 30% of Average Median Income (30% is recommended to avoid being house cost burdened which doesn’t allow you to afford other needs such as utilities, healthcare, etc) -- $434
- Fair Market Rent: 1 Bedroom - $835 2-Bedroom - $1003
- 2016 Florida State Housing Profile from NLIHC shows more than 392,000 deficit of affordable units needed for our population.
Actions to take: