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.