For the first time in over a decade, the Florida State Legislature passed a budget that doesn't include sweeping the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund into the General Revenue Fund. This means Florida's statewide affordable housing programs will receive $370 million in funding if Governor DeSantis signs the budget as passed.
However, Governor DeSantis has indicated that he may veto certain budgetary items to compensate for a reduction in sales tax revenue.
In a recent interview, Governor DeSantis said, "There's going to be a lot more vetoes. It'll be a lot of red."
Even before the pandemic, nearly 1 million Florida households were spending more than half of their income on housing, leaving little margin for lost income or increased health costs. Many of these families are now facing additional economic hardship from lost wages or layoffs and are confronted with an impossible choice between paying rent or putting food on the table.
Join Habitat in telling Governor DeSantis that at a time when millions of families are facing unprecedented levels of housing instability, we must fully fund Florida's affordable housing programs.
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