April 12, 2017

Insufficient Affordable Housing Limits Florida’s Economic Potential [Housing News Network Journal]

This post was last updated on December 8, 2021. As new policies are announced, FPI will update this page.

As Florida’s response to COVID-19 takes front and center, concern grows for low-income families who struggle to take precautions against the spread of the virus. Although Congress has passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act to address, at least in part,  the public health crisis and economic fallout from COVID-19, many barriers continue to keep struggling families from accessing the assistance they need during the pandemic. As Florida initiates policies implementing the Act and addressing other barriers to the safety net, FPI will update this form. When available, hyperlinks are provided to agency documents or statements that provide greater detail  about the new policy.

On March 22, 2020, FPI and 44 other organizations sent a letter to Governor DeSantis, leadership in the Legislature and agency heads to urge action on 47 specific policy changes to reduce unnecessary barriers for Florida’s safety net programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. See the letter here.

Entrepreneurs and business owners looking to grow their companies acknowledge that the availability of affordable housing substantially affects their ability to recruit and retain qualified entry- and mid-level employees, according to a variety of surveys from the Center for Housing Policy. The Center further cites surveys in which the availability of affordable housing is a primary concern of companies as they make siting decisions.

Traffic congestion from commuters negatively impacts businesses as well as employees. Congested roads increase business operating costs and shrink the area from which customers and clients are drawn. These problems are also a significant deterrent to business relocation in a community. As Florida’s policy makers look to encourage job creation and the state’s overall economy, recognition of these facts suggests they should increase available funding and undertake other measures that will increase the stock of affordable housing.

Read more on flhousing.org

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