Sadowski Coalition Applauds Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on TED for Recommending Full Funding of SHIP & SAIL in Budget Proposal
For Immediate Release
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Sadowski Housing Coalition today applauded the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and Economic Development for including full funding for the State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) Program and State Apartment Incentive Loan (SAIL) Program in their Fiscal Year 2015-16 budget proposal. Specifically, the subcommittee’s budget proposal recommends that $153.6 million is allocated to SHIP, which includes $4 million to provide services to homeless persons, and $102.4 million is allocated to SAIL.
“The Senate continues to be a stalwart for affordable housing, recommending that all housing trust fund monies go to housing in their budget proposal,” said Jaimie Ross, facilitator of the Sadowski Coalition and president of the Florida Housing Coalition. “We especially appreciate the leadership of Subcommittee Chairman Senator Jack Latvala, Senate Appropriations Chair Senator Tom Lee, and Senate President Andy Gardiner for their support of affordable housing.”
“Affordable housing is not only important to those who benefit from it – Florida’s seniors, veterans, those with special needs and hardworking families – but also carries a large economic impact, as the full appropriation of affordable housing monies for housing will produce tens of thousands of jobs in Florida and billions of dollars in positive economic impact for our state,” concluded Ross.
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Sadowski Coalition Applauds Senate Appropriations Committee for Amending SB 586 to Not Hurt Affordable Housing
For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Tallahassee, Fla. – The Sadowski Housing Coalition today applauded the Senate Appropriations Committee for amending Senate Bill 586, sponsored by Senator Charlie S. Dean (R-Inverness), to not hurt affordable housing. As amended, SB 586, an Amendment 1 implementing bill, will ensure that the underlying distribution of documentary stamp revenues governed by section 201.15, Florida Statutes, will not reduce the doc stamp monies that go into the affordable housing trust funds.
“We are very pleased that the Florida Legislature found ways to implement Amendment 1 without changing the distribution of doc stamps into the state and local trust funds,” said Jaimie Ross, facilitator for the Sadowski Coalition and president of the Florida Housing Coalition. “We sincerely thank Senators Alan Hays and Chris Smith for filing amendments to protect affordable housing, and we appreciate the members of the committee for voting to amend SB 586 so that it implements Amendment 1, without harming affordable housing.”
“Our next immediate priority is to work with the House and Senate to fully appropriate the doc stamp monies in the housing trust funds to help Florida’s seniors, veterans, special needs populations and hardworking families,” said Trey Price, public policy representative for the Florida Realtors, who is a member of the Sadowski Coalition. “The $266.87 million in state and local housing trust funds this fiscal year will help all those populations, as well as the homeless, while producing 25,000 jobs in Florida and a positive economic impact of more than $3 billion dollars for our state.”
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The Sadowski Housing Coalition is a nonpartisan collection of 30 diverse statewide organizations that initially came together in 1991 to obtain a dedicated revenue source for Florida’s affordable housing programs, now known as the Sadowski Act.
Facing today’s tough economic times, the Sadowski Housing Coalition urges the Florida Legislature to use Florida’s housing trust fund monies solely for housing and help create 24,950 jobs and $3.1 BILLION in positive economic impact in Florida.
The faster Florida’s housing market recovers, the faster Florida’s economy recovers. Housing dollars can put Florida’s out-of-work housing industry back to work repairing homes and improving the real estate market, and help reduce future state budget deficits.