Strong Communities

Ensuring Florida’s Communities are Strong for the Future

Disaster Preparedness Response, Recovery and Mitigation
Since 2011, Governor Scott has overseen the investment of more than $1 billion to ensure Florida is a leader in disaster preparedness and recovery. The Fighting for Florida’s Future budget invests $355.6 million in financial assistance to state and local governments for emergency public awareness, outreach programs, and disaster mitigation programs.

Affordable Housing
Since 2011, Florida has invested more than $1 billion to make Florida’s affordable housing among the best in the nation. The Fighting for Florida’s Future budget recommends $120.8 million for affordable housing including $90.8 million for the State Apartment Incentive Loan (SAIL) program and $30 million for the State Housing Initiative (SHIP) program. SAIL provides low interest loans to developers who build or rehabilitate affordable housing projects. The Fighting for Florida’s Future budget provides special consideration to properties that target demographics such as the elderly and those with special needs. SHIP funding will be focused on providing first-time home buyer down payment assistance for very low to low and moderate income families.

Small Community Development Block Grants
The Fighting for Florida’s Future budget recommends $36.5 million in small community development block grants programs focusing on low and moderate income persons, improving housing and supporting infrastructure improvements.