On February 26, the Florida Housing Coalition released “Home Matters for Florida Report 2019” in support of a national “Home Matters” initiative to educate the public and policymakers about the value of housing when it comes to health, education and the economy. View the full “Home Matters for Florida Report 2019.”
Florida has an affordable housing crisis.
— 912,628 very low-income Florida households—which include hardworking families, seniors, and people with disabilities—pay more than 50% of their incomes for housing.
— Florida has the third highest homeless population of any state in the nation, with 31,030 people living in homeless shelters and on the streets. This includes 2,543 veterans and 9,587 people in families with at least one child.
— Low-wage jobs are prevalent in Florida’s economy. In many occupations, workers do not earn enough to rent a modest apartment or buy their first home.
Why does home matter?
The health, safety, and welfare of Floridians and the strength of Florida’s overall economy hinges on an adequate supply of affordable housing for Florida’s working families, elders, and people with disabilities living on fixed incomes.
Housing is more than just a roof over our heads. Our house and apartments are where we take refuge from the bustle and stress of public life, share meals with family and friends, and store our belongings. Our housing is also a base from which we search for jobs, find good schools for our children, and put down roots in our communities. In short, our housing is where we make our home.
The Florida Housing Coalition has produced this report in support of Home Matters®, a national movement to make Home a reality for everyone by elevating the importance of Home’s impact on people’s health, education, personal success, public safety, and the economy. Participating in Home Matters is a coast-to-coast coalition composed of members of the general public, leaders of housing and community development organizations, as well as other organizations concerned about increasing the positive impact of Home in their communities.
*Note that these numbers only include people who are unsheltered or staying in emergency or transitional shelters. They do not include people who are doubled up or living in hotels/motels.