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Second 'tier' hearings near

02-17-05 – KeyNoter - By Alyson Matley

State panel sees ways of replacing storm-hit low-income homes

02-15-05 –Herald Today – By: David Royse - Associated Press

Regulations Pump-up Housing Costs

02-15-05 – Washington Times – By Marion Baillot

HUD report: governments prevent affordable housing

02-15-05 – Naples News – By: Kathryn Helmki

Exclusionary Housing

02-13-05-Tallahassee Democrat

Sowing the seeds of affordable living

02-13-05 - Herald Tribune – By: Jamie Manfuso

Developing Crisis

02-13-05 – Tallahassee Democrat - By Todd Wright

Bush Lays Out Details on Spending Cuts

02-12-05 - Tallahassee Democrat – By: Mary Dalrymple, Associated Press

Notice of Proposed Rule Development re: Homeownership Loan Program

Source: Florida Housing Finance Corporation


A Rule Development Workshop will be held to receive comments and suggestions from interested persons relative to the Homeownership Loan Program requirements as specified in Rule Chapter 67-50 Florida Administrative Code.

Homeownership Loan Program Rule Development Workshop

DATE: Tuesday, February 22, 2005
TIME: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
PLACE: Florida Housing Finance Corporation
Seltzer Conference Room
227 North Bronough Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Person to contact regarding the proposed rule development is: Elizabeth Loggins, Homeownership Loan Program Administrator, (850) 488-4197. Any person requiring special accommodation at this hearing because of a disability or physical impairment should contact Elizabeth Loggins at the above address. If you are hearing or speech impaired, please use the Florida Dual Party Relay system, which can be reached at 1-800-955-8770 (Voice) or 1-800-955-9771 (TDD).

Call to Action: Families Lose Access to Affordable Housing Under President’s Budget

 Call to Action: 

Under President’s Budget Families Lose Access to Affordable Housing


Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities


Finding affordable housing in Florida would be even more difficult under the new 2006 budget proposals that the President submitted to Congress, according to a new study. A study released this week by the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that fewer families in Florida are likely to receive “Section 8” Housing Choice Vouchers this year, due to a cut in federal funds – if the President’s proposed budget is passed.  Please click on links below for detailed information:


The state links below each connect to three tables providing local-level data on housing voucher cuts facing low-income families:

·         Florida Effects of Voucher Funding Shortfalls in 2005, 2006, and 2010 lists the number of low-income families affected by the 2005 funding shortfalls currently facing housing agencies and by shortfalls stemming from the Administration’s budget plans for 2006 and 2010.

·         Details on Florida Local Effects Voucher Funding in 2005 lists detailed 2005 funding information for each state and local agency, providing context for the cuts in voucher assistance that are occurring this year.

·         Effects of Voucher Cuts in 2005 and 2010 on the Elderly, People with Disabilities, and Working Families breaks down the impact of local cuts among the three groups that together represent the bulk of voucher holders.

·        SAMPLE Press Release regarding Voucher Cuts.

Call to Action: Urge Members of Congress to REJECT the President's FY06 Budget Proposal

Call to Action:

Urge Members of Congress to REJECT the President's FY06 Budget Proposal

Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition


BUDGET CALL-IN DAYS, February 23 and 24, 2005


In President Bush's fiscal year 2006 budget request, he proposes to eliminate or cut hundreds of programs, including key housing programs such as Housing for Persons With Disabilities (Section 811) and the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG).  In addition to cutting or eliminating key low income programs, the President proposes 5-year spending caps that would freeze funding for low income programs at low FY06 funding levels.  The budget includes language to extend his tax cuts and protect them from Congressional budget enforcement rules.


Congress is on a budget fast track and will attempt to begin work on a budget by March 7.  Use the February 23 and 24 Budget Call-In Days to voice opposition to the President's budget.


Within the overall budget, the President proposes $28.5 billion for the entire HUD budget. This is an 11.5% cut from FY05 levels, which was already inadequate.  As the HUD budget significantly under funds and eliminates several HUD programs, advocates may feel pressure to only fight for specific programs. DO NOT allow the Administration to "divide and conquer" the affordable housing and community development community. We must stand together to demand adequate funding for ALL HUD programs.


BUDGET CALL-IN DAYS, February 23 and 24, 2005 - What can you do…


  1. Click here to see NLIHC 2006 Budget-CTA
  2. Call 1-888-818-6641 and ask to be connected to your offices
  3. Ask to speak to the Legislative Assistant responsible for Budget Issues
  4. Call again to speak to your Senators' offices
  5. Contact Katie Fisher at 202-662-1530 x.222, katie@nlihc.org to let her know the results of your calls.
  6. Forward this to everyone who will make calls

The Message:


Representative/Senator, "please oppose the President's FY06 budget proposal:


  1. The overall funding level for HUD is inadequate to fund ALL housing programs.
  2. Ask for an increase in the entire HUD budget.
  3. The proposed budget will cap spending on housing programs and other key low income programs, causing a deeper cut to vital low income programs over time."
  4. The proposed budget protects tax cuts for the wealthy, while gouging low income programs.  Please oppose the President's FY06 budget.

HUD: 2005 Income Limits and Why Not In Our Community?

2005 Income Limits for determining eligibility in the Section 8 voucher program:

HUD has posted the 2005 Income Limits for determining eligibility in the Section 8 voucher program, effective immediately. In keeping with the final 2005 FMRS, the 2005 Income Limits were calculated for the 1990 OMB metro area geography and not the newer "core-based" geography used in the controversial proposed 2005 FMRs. The Income Limits are based on 2000 Census data, updated using Bureau of Labor Statistics and increasingly American Community Survey Supplemental Survey data, which HUD has found to be more reliable. This year's Income Limits are held harmless if they were estimated to be less than the previous year. The data and further description is available at: www.huduser.org/datasets/il/il05/index.html

HUD: Why Not In Our Community?

Regulatory barriers were exposed as a problem 13 years ago, when the Advisory Commission on Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing submitted its report, "Not In My Back Yard": Removing Barriers to Affordable Housing. Despite some areas of progress, the Advisory Commission’s finding that exclusionary, discriminatory, or unnecessary regulations reduce the availability of affordable housing remains true today.  HUD has released a new publication, which is an update to the report of the Advisory Commission on Regulatory Barriers to Affordable Housing.  To see the 31 page report please click here:   HUD: Why Not In Our Community? For more information on regulatory barriers please click here to see HUD’s Regulatory Barriers Database

NLIHC seeks applicants for FannieMae Research Fellow Position


NLIHC seeks applicants for FannieMae Research Fellow Position

Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition


NLIHC is seeking applicants for a one-year research fellowship to work on three specific projects developed in conjunction with Fannie Mae. They are: the implications of how Americans view housing costs and expenses and how this affects their choice of tenure and their ability to invest in other areas of their life such as education or retirement; how housing costs affect domestic immigration patterns to high and low housing cost metropolitan areas; and the implications of federal housing subsidy waiting lists for determining demand for housing assistance.


Qualifications for the position is Ph.D. or Ph.D. candidacy in economics, political science, sociology or similar social policy related field; substantial quantitative research experience and capacity, particularly in the areas of housing economics or housing policy. The one-year fellowship includes a $30,000 stipend.


Send cover letter and resume/vita to:

NLIHC Research Director

1012 14th St. NW, Suite 610

Washington, DC 20005

Applications accepted until position is filled. EE0/AA.


Smart Growth Materials for Advocates

Source: National Low Income Housing Coalition


Advocates looking for materials to promote or learn more about smart growth will find the Smart Growth Shareware CD useful. The topics include the costs and benefits of smart growth, transportation and air quality, public health, planning and development, land conservation and water, and equity and affordable housing. The materials include websites, fact sheets, and presentation materials provided by a wide variety of partner organizations. There are also links to smart growth tool kits and other on-line resources. A free Smart Growth Shareware CD-ROM can be requested at




House Appropriations Committee Makes It Official; Streamlines Subcommittees


House Appropriations Committee Makes It Official; Streamlines Subcommittees

Source: National Housing & Rehabilitation Association


After weeks of negotiation, House Appropriations Committee voted on a party-line 36-24 vote to streamline the subcommittee structure, reducing the number of panels from 13 to 10. As speculated, the VA-HUD Subcommittee was eliminated. The HUD budget will now be determined by the Subcommittee on Transportation, Treasury, and Housing and Urban Development, The Judiciary, District of Columbia, and Independent Agencies. This Subcommittee will be chaired by Representative Jim Knollenberg (R-Mich.). Representatives Frank Wolf (R-Va.), Harold Rogers (R-Ky.), Todd Tiahrt (R-Kan.), Anne Northup (R-Ky.), Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.), John Sweeney (R-N.Y.), John Abney Culberson (R-Tex.), and Ralph Regula (R-Ohio) will also sit on this panel. Representative John Olver (D-Mass.) will be the ranking member of the Transportation, Treasury, HUD and Judiciary Subcommittee. Representatives Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), Ed Pastor (D-Ariz.), Carolyn Kilpatrick (D-Mich.), James Clyburn (D-S.C.), and Steven Rothman (D-N.J.) will also sit on this subcommittee. Representative Hoyer is on a leave of absence from the subcommittee's ranking member position. The Senate Appropriations Committee has not altered its subcommittee structure.

Earned Income Credit: Extra Money for People Who Work

The Earned Income Credit: Extra Money for People Who Work


What is the Earned Income Credit?

The EIC is a special tax benefit for working people who earn low or moderate incomes.  It has several important purposes: to reduce the tax burden on these workers, to supplement wages, and to make work more attractive than welfare.  Workers who qualify for the EIC and file a federal tax return can get back some or all of the federal income tax that was taken out of their pay during the year.  They may also get extra cash back from the IRS.  Even workers whose earnings are too small to owe income tax can get the EIC.  What’s more, the EIC offsets any additional taxes workers may owe, such as payroll taxes.


Who can get the EIC and how much is it worth?

Single or married people who worked full-time or part-time at some point in 2004 can qualify for the EIC, depending on their income.


How does the EIC work?

Eligible workers can pay less in taxes and get a check from the IRS.  Mr. and Mrs. Johnson have two children, ages 20 and 21, in college.  They earned $29,000 in 2004 and owe the IRS $690 in income tax, none of which was withheld from their pay during the year.  Their income makes them eligible for an EIC of $1,366.  So, the EIC eliminates their $690 income tax (now they don’t owe IRS anything) and still gives them a refund of $676.


“Make Tax Time Pay:  Help Workers Claim the Tax Credits They’ve Earned”  - this community outreach kit provides more detail about the EIC and strategies to inform workers about it.  Please visit www.cbpp.org/eic2004 to see the kit and order a free copy.  Taxpayers with individual questions may call the IRS at 1-800-TAX-1040 or visit www.irs.gov/eitc

Internet Resources

Florida Housing Coalition On-Line Help

Glossary of Affordable Housing Terms

Session: Road Map and Field Guide


SHIP Local Government Contacts

2003-2004 Income Limits

SHIP Rent Limits


SHIP Statute

Technical Assistance Information

Web-based training on Understanding the SHIP Income Qualification Process



Sites of Interest 

Affordable Housing Study Commission (Florida’s): www.floridahousing.org/ahsc

Agency for Health Care Administration Assisted Living: www.fdhc.state.fl.us

American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging: www.aahsa.org

American Planning Association, Housing Division www.planning.org

Census Bureau: www.census.gov

Census Bureau’s Maps  Census Bureau Maps

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: http://www.cbpp.org/index.html

Congressional Representatives Find Yours: http://mygov.governmentguide.com

Enterprise Foundation: www.enterprisefoundation.org

Fannie Mae Foundation www.fanniemaefoundation.org

Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta (Affordable Housing Program) www.fhlbatl.com

Federal Legislative Tracking: http://thomas.loc.gov/

Florida Coalition for the Homeless: www.flacoalitionhomeless.com

Florida Community Loan Fund: www.fclf.org

Florida Council on Homelessness: www.myflorida.com

Florida Department of Children and Families: www.state.fl.us

Florida Department of Community Affairs: www.dca.state.fl.us

Florida Department of Elder Affairs: www.elderaffairs.state.fl.us

Florida Housing Finance Corporation: www.floridahousing.org

Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse: www.flhousingdata.shimberg.ufl.edu

Florida’s Hurricane Housing Work Group:


Florida Legislative: www.myflorida.com

Florida Supportive Housing Coalition: www.flshc.org

Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies: www.jchs.harvard.edu

Housing Assistance Council: www.ruralhome.org

HUD: Why Not In Our Community?

Knowledgeplex:  www.knowledgeplex.org

Local Housing Finance Agencies (Assoc. of) www.arcat.com/arcatcos/cos36/arc36917.cfm

Local Housing Finance Agencies - PDF file

Local Initiatives Support Corporation www.lisc.org

National Alliance to End Homelessness at www.naeh.org

National Association of Housing Rehabilitation Officials (NAHRO) www.nahro.org

National Coalition for the Homeless at www.nationalhomeless.org

National Congressional Committees:


National Investment Center for the Senior Housing and Care Industries; www.nic.org

National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty; www.nlchp.org

National Low Income Housing Coalition; www.nlihc.org

National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modification; www.homemods.org

NCB Development Corporation: www.ncbdc.org

Public Housing Authorities Directors Association www.phada.org/house

Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing, University of Florida www.Shimberg.ufl.edu

Small Business Administration: http://www.sba.gov/

State Housing Finance Agencies: www.ncsha.org  

State of Florida: www.myflorida.com

U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Housing Services at www.rurdev.usda.gov

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: www.hud.gov

White House: http://www.whitehouse.gov

Upcoming Events

May 2 & 3, 2005

National Low Income Housing Coalition Annual Conference

NLIHC's 2005 Annual Housing Policy Conference and Lobby Day will be held Monday and Tuesday, May 2 and 3, at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC. The Leadership Reception will be held the evening of May 3.  For more information go to the National Low Income Housing Coalition’s website at: www.nlihc.org


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