Summary of the 2006 Florida Legislative Session

Affordable Housing

HB 1363 passed the House Chamber on Monday, May 1, 2006. On May 2, 2006, the Senate replaced their bill (SB 132) with HB 1363. On May 4, 2006 the Senate passed HB 1363, after negotiating with the House. In the negotiations, the House conceded to the lower Senate appropriation allocations.

Highlights of the final bill include:

Sadowski Housing Trust Fund – The provision to remove the cap on the Sadowski Housing Trust fund did not make it past the final committees in either the House or Senate.

30/30 Housing Vision – We did not see the implementation of the 30/30 Housing Vision where 30 percent of the funds for housing be set aside for developing housing for people living at or below 30 percent of the area median income.

However, we did secure a definition of extremely low income households as those households at or below 30 percent of AMI; and $30 million appropriations set aside for the development of housing for ELI households. This is a step in the right direction.

Surplus Property – Requires local governments to inventory and make available surplus property (land and buildings) suitable for affordable housing. The land may offered for sale and the proceeds used to purchase land for development of affordable housing, sold with a restriction requiring the development of affordable housing and/or donated to a non-profit housing organization for permanent affordable housing.

Provides provisions and procedures for local governments to request state surplus land.

Community Workforce Housing Innovation Pilot Program – To provide affordable rental and home ownership for essential service personnel (i.e. teachers, police, firefighters, nurses) as defined by each municipality

Affordable Workforce Housing means housing that is affordable to a person who earns not more than 120 percent of AMI

Mobile Homes – authorizes local governments to assist mobile home park residents classified as very-low income, low-income or moderate income being displaces as a result of redevelopment with financial assistance to help with the cost of relocation, purchasing a new manufacturer home and/or relocating to other suitable affordable housing. Funding for this program is a supplemental fund under the Florida Mobile Home Relocation Trust Fund.

Developer incentives – many of the bill’s provisions are incentives for developers to build affordable housing

Property Tax Assessments – for affordable housing properties serving extremely-low, very-low, low and moderate incomes, the actual rental income from rent-restricted units shall be considered by the property appraiser for assessment purposes.

Appropriations included in HB 1363:

  • $75.9 M— Rental Recovery Loan Program.

  • $15 M – Farmworker Housing Recovery Program and the Special Housing Assistance and Development Program (Homeless people are included)

  • $17 M – Rental Recovery Program.

  • $100 K – Technical and training assistance

  • $82,904 K – Hurricane Recovery (from the Florida Small Cities Community Development Block Grant Program Fund to the Department of Community Affairs as approved US HUD to meet the needs of communities impacted by Hurricanes Wilma and Katrina, with a prioritization toward affordable housing in the most impacted areas of the state.)

  • $50 M – Implement Community Workforce Housing Innovation Pilot Program.

  • $30 M – To assist in the production of housing units for extremely-low-income persons