Strong Communities

Securing a Strong Future for Florida’s Communities


Disaster Preparedness Response, Recovery and Mitigation
Since 2011, Governor Scott has overseen the investment of more than $2 billion to ensure Florida is a leader in disaster preparedness and recovery. The Securing Florida’s Future budget invests $1.4 billion in financial assistance to state and local governments for emergency public awareness, outreach programs, and disaster mitigation programs.

In addition, the state is responsible for 25 percent of “other needs assistance” and transitional shelter assistance payments. Federal Emergency Management Agency has currently authorized over $272 million through the Other Needs category, therefore, the state will be billed at least $68 million for the state’s share of that program. Likewise, Federal Emergency Management Agency has authorized $1.5 million for which the state will be billed at least $385,000. These totals will continue to increase as additional Federal Emergency Management Agency payments are made to individuals.

Affordable and Workforce Housing
Since 2011, Florida has invested more than $1 billion to make Florida’s affordable housing program among the best in the nation. The Securing Florida’s Future budget recommends more than $130 million for affordable and workforce housing including more than $96 million for the State Apartment Incentive Loan (SAIL) program and $34 million for the State Housing Initiative (SHIP) program. SAIL provides low interest loans to developers who build or rehabilitate affordable housing projects. The Securing Florida’s Future budget provides special consideration to properties that target demographics such as the elderly and those with special needs. Further, of the more than $96 million for SAIL, the Governor is recommending $20 million for workforce housing projects in the Florida Keys.

Hurricane Irma Affordable and Workforce Housing Initiative
In September 2017, Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida and affected communities statewide. Due to the impact of Irma, many Floridians lost their homes and belongings and face an uncertain future. To address this important need, Governor Scott is recommending $100 million for affordable and workforce housing programs specifically targeted to those impacted by Hurricane Irma. This recommendation includes $65 million for a locally administered Hurricane Housing Recovery Program, $25 million for a Rental Recovery Loan Program and $10 million for a Farmworker Housing Recovery Program.

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