2014 Legislative Session Winner: Affordable Housing

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In too many years past, funds that would be reserved for affordable housing were raided and diverted to other agendas. This year, however, affordable housing advocates across the state will see housing trust fund dollars used to serve their rightful and intended purposes.

The Sadowski Housing Coalition emerged as the face for the effort, calling on the Legislature to avoid more trust fund sweeps and appropriate housing trust funds dollars for housing.

The effort resulted in a $100 million appropriation for the State Housing Initiatives Partnership program and $67.7 million for the State Apartment Incentive Loan program.

After a tactful and strategic lobbying effort lead by Ken Pruitt and the P5 Group, coupled with an aggressive earned media effort spearheaded by Bascom Communications & Consulting, the Coalition’s ask was able to ring loud and clear in the ears of Subcommittee Appropriations Chairs.

Florida’s effective affordable housing programs will receive the funding they need – and deserved – to help house Floridians in need.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.