4-Implementation of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program in Florida
8-Community Progress: A Variety of Approaches Taken by Florida’s NSP Participants Across the State
23-The Neighborhood Stabilization Program, Land Banking and the Community Land Trust
24-Building the Capacity of Nonprofits in Florida to Preserve Affordable Housing
29-Housing Opportunities for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
32-Solar Panel Tour – Orlando Convention Center
From The Editor
In an impossibly tight budget year, the Florida Housing Coalition’s statewide annual conference drew a tremendous reception; over 650 housing participants. It was an event chocked full of housing resources and pressing policy issues, but no topic hotter than the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. After all, but for federal stimulus monies (including TCAP and TCEP), affordable housing would have come to a screeching halt in Florida this year.
For that reason, we are dedicating the greater portion of this Journal to NSP in Florida, highlighting best practices from around the state and recommendations for strategic opportunities to make this challenging program a success. All seven of the Florida Housing Coalition’s offices are assisting NSP communities and their partners to implement NSP. We are especially grateful to our partners, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Bank Atlanta for funding the bulk of that work.
Sadowski Education Effort
Affordable housing is key to Florida’s economic recovery. For every $1 million of state funding, $7.66 million of economic activity is generated. As part of that economic activity, each $1 million of state funding generates over $2.98 million of earnings/income. For every $1 million of state funding, 77 jobs are created. Click here for advocacy talking points.
Advocacy for affordable housing in Florida takes many forms, it can be meeting with your legislator; it can be developing quality affordable housing; it can be administrating a SHIP program well. Florida lost such an advocate for affordable housing at our statewide affordable housing conference on September 21, Annette Ayala.
– JAIMIE ROSS, President of the Florida Housing Coalition and the Affordable Housing Director at 1000 Friends of Florida