March 13, 2017
The Sadowski Housing Coalition - made up of 30 diverse statewide organizations, including industry and business groups; advocates for the elderly, veterans, homeless and special needs populations; and faith-based organizations - gathered March 2 to call on the Florida Legislature to use all state and local housing trust fund monies for affordable housing programs in Fiscal Year 2017-18. Michele Taylor, associate director for communications, represented the FCCB at the press conference.
During the press conference, the Florida Housing Coalition, released its 2017 Florida
"Home Matters Report."
The data contained in the report overwhelmingly supports the full appropriation of housing trust funds for housing.
In summary, this year's report found the following:
- More than 910,000 very low-income Florida households - which include hardworking families,seniors and people with disabilities - pay more than 50 percent of their incomes on housing; and,
- Florida, the third largest state, also has the third-highest homeless population of any state in the nation, with approximately 34,000 people living in homeless shelters and on the streets, including 2,902 veterans and 6,140 children.