Home Matters For All People!
First the bad news, Florida is the toughest market in the country for people with disabilities looking to rent a home, followed by California and New York. Housing is considered affordable if it is limited to no more than 30% of income. However, the
2016 Florida Home Matters Report
, shows that Floridians with disabilities who are living on fixed incomes, spend more than 50 percent of their income on housing.
All people need a safe, affordable place to live and to make a home for their families. Affordable housing for people with disabilities is about a third of the cost of institutional care. Therefore Florida's economy will improve by reducing tax payer expense if affordable housing is made available to all people.
The good news is that while the private market is unable to provide affordable housing for people with disabilities, the Sadowski State and Local Housing Trust Funds, a dedicated revenue source which funds affordable housing programs and SHIP, the local housing trust fund, are working together to ask the Florida Legislature to use housing trust fund money for housing with no diversion or using the monies for other purposes. The Florida Legislature has the opportunity this year to appropriate nearly $324 million in the state and local housing trust funds which will have a positive economic impact, create jobs, and provide affordable housing for people with disabilities.
It is ROOF's vision that
every community in Florida will have an abundance of housing choices that meet the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Join ROOF in making a difference by reaching out to your legislators and local policymakers to say you support using all of the housing trust fund money for housing, because