Central Florida to get $8 million for affordable housing, homeless help

February 7, 2019
In The News

Central Florida will receive nearly $8 million in federal funding to expand affordable housing stock and battle homelessness, U.S. Reps. Stephanie Murphy and Darren Soto announced Monday.

Murphy, D-Winter Park, and Soto, D-Kissimmee, said the grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will improve access to housing for the fast-growing region, where rising rents have outpaced wage increases.

“While we continue to address affordable housing solutions in Central Florida, the reality is more and more constituents are at risk of becoming homeless,” Soto said in a news release. “Federal grants … are crucial for our region to support organizations that provide shelters [and] transitional and permanent housing programs.”

The largest share of the funds — more than $2 million — will go toward programs in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties that offer permanent housing to people with mental and physical disabilities who have often spent years living on the streets. Smaller amounts will go to shelter homeless youth, support rapid rehousing of homeless families and individuals and bolster housing programs in each of the three counties.

The total announced was $7.8 million.

“Our priority this Congress is to increase access to affordable housing for Central Florida,” Soto said.

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