ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – Governor Ron DeSantis announced millions in funding for affordable housing assistance Friday.
In an Apopka apartment complex, Governor DeSantis held a press conference detailing new funding entering the state and Central Florida as part of the federal CARES Act.
In a nutshell:
- Florida received $250 million in affordable housing relief through the CARES Act
- DeSantis has allocated $120 million for rental/mortgage assistance programs
- Orange County: Receiving $7.26 million
- Seminole County: Receiving $1.1 million
- Osceola County: Receiving $2.5 million
The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) passed Congress and was signed by President Trump on March 17, 2020. The final package totaled over $2 trillion in relief for families, businesses, and workers. Part of the law gives funding for state governments to allocate where needed. Governor DeSantis is working with the Florida Housing Finance Corporation to manage these funds.
DeSantis said in his press conference Friday: “One of the things that’s really been clear is the amount of anxiety and stress that people have felt because of some of the economic dislocations that have happened here.”
According to FloridaJobs, the unemployment rate in Florida hit 10.4% in the month of June. Since June last year, over 500,000 jobs (6.1%) have been lost.
This latest announcement is one of several steps by the Governor’s office to alleviate some of the stress Floridians are dealing with.
DeSantis, by executive order, temporarily banned evictions in Florida in March. Since then, he has repeatedly extended this order as the coronavirus situation continues to grow. His latest order will extend this ban to August 1.
The press conference also focused heavily on the state of COVID-19 in Florida. DeSantis gave an overview of the steps his office are taking to ease the strain on hospitals and businesses. DeSantis also answered several questions from reporters. When asked about testing children in schools, he responded that weekly testing of every child is not practical nor necessary. He also denied a proposed state-mandated mask policy.
DeSantis held another press conference today in St. Augustine.
For Residents or Property Owners in Need of Housing Relief:
Local funds will be available on a first come first serve basis, so residents in need are encouraged to quickly reach out for aid by contacting their local State Housing Initiatives Partnership (SHIP) office at the Florida Housing Website. Here residents can check out the qualifications, call to ask questions, and send in their application.
SHIP offers assistance in:
- Emergency Repairs
- New Construction
Note: In order to qualify for assistance, a person’s needs must be directly related to strains caused by coronavirus.
Marcos Barrios is a Florida National News contributing writer. The avid writer and musician is passionate about politics and entertainment in Florida and abroad.