Florida

  • State Data Overview

    Across Florida, there is a shortage of rental homes affordable and available to extremely low income households (ELI), whose incomes are at or below the poverty guideline or 30% of their area median income (AMI). Many of these households are severely cost burdened, spending more than half of their income on housing. Severely cost burdened poor households are more likely than other renters to sacrifice other necessities like healthy food and healthcare to pay the rent, and to experience unstable housing situations like evictions.

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    543,764
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    21%
    Renter households that are extremely low income
    $25,100
    Maximum income for 4-person extremely low income household (state level)
    -400,033
    Shortage of rental homes affordable and available for extremely low income renters
    $50,807
    Annual household income needed to afford a two-bedroom rental home at HUD's Fair Market Rent.
    79%
    Percent of extremely low income renter households with severe cost burden
  • State Level Partners

    NLIHC Housing Advocacy Organizer

    Kyle Arbuckle

    Kyle Arbuckle

    202.662.1530 x227 | [email protected]

    State Partners

    Florida Housing Coalition, Inc.

    1367 East Lafayette Street, Suite C

    Tallahassee, FL 32301-4774

    P 850-878-4219

    F 850-942-6312

    www.flhousing.org

    Jaimie Ross, President | [email protected]

    Become an NLIHC State Partner

    NLIHC’s affiliation with our state coalition partners is central to our advocacy efforts. Although our partners' involvement varies, they are all housing and homeless advocacy organizations engaged at the state and federal level. Many are traditional coalitions with a range of members; others are local organizations that serve more informally as NLIHC's point of contact.

    Inquire about becoming a state partner by contacting [email protected]

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  • Housing Trust Fund
    HTF Implementation Information

    NLIHC continues working with leaders in each state and the District of Columbia who will mobilize advocates in support of HTF allocation plans that benefit ELI renters to the greatest extent possible. Please contact the point person coordinating with NLIHC in your state (below) to find out about the public participation process and how you can be involved. Email Kyle Arbuckle with any questions.

    NHTF logo
    Current Year HTF Allocation
    NLIHC Point Person for HTF Advocacy

    Jaimie Ross

    President and CEO

    Florida Housing Coalition

    850-878-4219

    [email protected]

    State Designated Entity:

    Harold "Trey" Price

    Executive Director

    Florida Housing Finance Corporation

    850-488-4197

    [email protected]

    Official Directly Involved with HTF Implementation:

    Nancy Muller

    Director of Policy and Special Programs 

    850.488.4197

    [email protected]

  • Resources
    Resources

    Housing Profiles

    State Housing Profile

    State Housing Profile: Florida (PDF)

    Congressional District Housing Profile

    Congressional District Profile: Florida (PDF)

    Research and Data

    National Housing Preservation Database

    The National Housing Preservation Database is an address-level inventory of federally assisted rental housing in the United States.

    Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing

    Out of Reach documents the gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing. In Florida and Nationwide

    The Gap: A Shortage of Affordable Rental Homes

    The Gap represents data on the affordable housing supply and housing cost burdens at the national, state, and metropolitan levels. In Florida and Nationwide

  • Take Action
    Tell Congress to Protect and Expand the National Housing Trust Fund
    Urge Congress to Pass a Budget with Strong Support for Affordable Housing Programs
    Tell Congress that Opportunity Zones Must Benefit Low Income People and Long-Term Residents
  • COVID-19 Resources
    COVID-19 Resources

    NLIHC has estimated a need for no less than $100 billion in emergency rental assistance and broke down the need and cost for each state (download Excel spreadsheet). 

    Many cities and states are establishing rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. This tracker links to news reports of various city, state and philanthropic rental assistance programs that are being established during the pandemic. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of rental assistance.


    Governor Ron DeSantis announced $250 million in CARES Act funding for rental and mortgage assistance for Florida families that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Administered by Florida Housing Finance Corporation (FHFC), $120 million will be provided in short-term rental assistance for COVID-19 impacted households residing at multifamily rental properties in FHFC’s portfolio. FHFC will reimburse participating properties to subsidize eligible households’ rents for each impacted month. The rental assistance will be available to help pay a household’s rent for eligible months from July through December 2020. The household may be eligible for assistance to pay rent arrearages accrued during the months of April, May and June 2020. A separate pool of $120 million will be released to counties based on a county’s reemployment assistance rate for the determined disbursement period. These funds would be used for rental and homeowner assistance programs such as new construction, rehabilitation, mortgage buydowns, down payment and closing cost assistance, emergency repairs and homeownership counseling for individuals impacted by COVID-19. The allocation also includes $200,000 for technical assistance to local governments. https://tinyurl.com/yd6a9hkl

    Updated on July 6, 2020.


    Governor DeSantis along with the Florida Housing Finance Corporation has announced the distribution of $5 million to local governments through the State Housing Initiatives Partnership program. The funding will serve to assist individuals and families in Florida impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with the housing assistance and resources. https://tinyurl.com/yd5f4kbs


    Updated on July 24, 2020.

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    City of KissimmeeThe City of Kissimmee has modified its eviction prevention program to assist low-income residents who have been impacted by coronavirus. City leaders said the program was set to begin Tuesday. The modified program offers a maximum amount of $1,200 for housing assistance or one month of rent, whichever is less.https://tinyurl.com/ycazmolz
    Brevard CountyTo assist Brevard’s individuals and families impacted by COVID-19, United Way of Brevard is providing information and resources to those in need. The United Way and several other local foundations have launched the Brevard COVID-19 Response Fund to aid in recovery efforts.https://tinyurl.com/y8dldvv8
    Daytona BeachDaytona Beach has made $619,500 fund available for rent assistance. Low- and moderate-income renters can apply to receive up to $3,000 for two months of rental payments. Maximum assistance will be capped at $1,500 per month and $3,000 total per household.https://tinyurl.com/y8kpkot2
    LakelandLakeland commissioners voted unanimously Monday afternoon to approve a $930,310 Emergency Rent Relief Program for city residents who have experienced a loss of income.https://tinyurl.com/y7odd57r
    Orange CountyThe Orange County government has made the COVID-19 Rental Assistance Program available as a one-time benefit for Orange County residents who qualify. The program will provide assistance with one month’s rent, so residents will be able to use their limited funds on other necessities.https://tinyurl.com/y8dldvv8
    Orange, Seminole & OsceolaThe Heart of Florida United Way established a fund to support Central Florida residents whose financial stability is being impacted by the pandemic. The focus of the fund is to support the ALIC (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) population in Orange, Seminole and Osceola counties experiencing hardship due to decreased hours or unpaid leave. The ALICE Fund provides rent, mortgage and utility assistance to help prevent eviction and homelessness.https://tinyurl.com/y8dldvv8
    Port St. LuciePort St. Lucie renters here experiencing an economic hardship because of COVID-19 can apply to the city for help paying their monthly bills. The City Council Monday approved the COVID-19 Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance grant program to pay past-due rent or mortgage payments from April 1.https://tinyurl.com/y99vgwzd
    Volusia & Flagler countiesTo assist Volusia and Flagler county residents and families who are impacted by COVID-19, United Way of Volusia and Flagler Counties launched the COVID-19 Relief Fund to aid in recovery efforts.The organization said it is working with local partner agencies to distribute emergency funds to those in need.https://tinyurl.com/y8dldvv8
    Miami BeachMiami City Commission approved the use of $549,111 in federal and state funds to help renters pay their landlords. Due to demand, the city has pledged an addition $336,000 to rental assistance.    

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    Miami GardensThe city of Miami Gardens is offering rental assistance to residents who have experienced financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.https://tinyurl.com/y79f52qx
    Palm BayThe city of Palm Bay announced Tuesday that it would provide residents with rental and utility assistance under the Eviction Prevention/Rental and Utility Assistance Program.The program is designed to assist residents who have become delinquent on rent and/or utility payments due to the impacts of COVID-19.https://tinyurl.com/y7w2dh9g
    Miami Dade CountyThe Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) provides a one-time benefit to assist with one month’s rent to Miami-Dade County low and moderate income households experiencing financial hardship as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.https://tinyurl.com/ybkdyh8a
    Osceola CountyROUND 1: Applications for Monday’s round of rental assistance and mortgage foreclosure prevention will be open for three days using CDBG Grant funding only available to residents of unincorporated Osceola County impacted by the Coronavirus.https://tinyurl.com/yb49xjab
    Osceola CountyROUND 2: The next round of housing assistance will tap into $13.2 million of CARES Act funding and will be open to ALL Osceola residents, INCLUDING the cities of Kissimmee and St. Cloud.https://tinyurl.com/yb49xjab
    PinellasIf you lost a job or significant income due to impacts from the pandemic, you may qualify for financial assistance up to $5,000 per household to pay for rent, mortgage or utility payments during the period starting March 1, 2020.https://tinyurl.com/ybgvcop9
    PolkPolk County residents have until Friday to apply for up to $2,000 per household in assistance for COVID-19-related losses.
    The Polk County Commission on Monday agreed to set the cutoff for grant applications after Todd Bond, the county’s budget manager, said the program was close to spending the $35 million allocated for the household grants.
    https://tinyurl.com/y3e2rdxl

    Across the country, homeless service providers are struggling to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to follow public health guidelines and help ensure people’s safety, some shelters are being forced to reduce services, restrict admittance, or close entirely. The loss of these critical resources puts people experiencing homelessness at even higher risk of illness. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of shelter closings.

    Below is a list of shelters that have had to majorly alter services or completely close:


    Waterfront Rescue Mission in Pensacola, which has an overnight shelter for men, has limited the number of people. Nearby, Opening Doors Northwest Florida, which provides services and counseling to people experiencing homelessness, closed in late March.

    Bethany House, a small shelter for women and children, closed on March 25 as a result of declining staff and a lack of supplies.

    Governor Ron DeSantis on July 29 extended the statewide eviction moratorium through September 1. 

    The Sun Sentinel reports that 749,000 million Florida households could be at risk of eviction over the next four months. The state’s eviction laws significantly favor landlords, meaning that tenants who attempt to fight their evictions face an uphill battle.

    Advocates are preparing for a potential tsunami of evictions in the coming weeks if Governor Ron DeSantis allows Florida’s eviction moratorium to expire on August 1. 

    Updated on August 4, 2020.


    After funding for a hotel voucher program ran out on July 17, dozens of people experiencing homelessness who were residing in a Fort Lauderdale hotel were forced to leave. Some residents were transported to area shelters on July 17, and all residents were expected to vacate the hotel by Sunday, July 19. The Sun Sentinel and Miami Herald also covered the eviction of the residents from the Rodeway Inn & Suites.

    Palm Beach County nonprofit reported that thousands of low-income renters are at risk of eviction and homelessness due to the pandemic. Since March 1, Adopt-A-Family CEO Matt Constantine reported that the organization has received more than 2,000 calls from families in need of assistance. The organization is serving nearly twice as many families compared to 2019.

    Updated on July 28, 2020.


    The Sun Sentinel reported that funds for Fort Lauderdale’s hotel voucher program are running out. Officials, providers, and advocates are raising concerns about where the guests will go after the funds run out, which could be on July 17.

    The Miami-Dade Affordable Housing Framework, unveiled July 2, outlines a detailed action plan to address the county’s growing housing affordability crisis. The plan incorporates the coronavirus pandemic in its projections and solutions. Learn more about the framework here.

    Approximately 70 people experiencing homelessness who had been temporarily residing at a Rodeway Inn & Suites in Fort Lauderdale were given an abrupt notice on July 12 that they would be forced to leave the hotel within 24 hours. The city of Fort Lauderdale changed course and released a statement on July 13 announcing that it had secured funding to continue providing temporary housing at the hotel. Broward County previously told the city that CARES Act funding was not intended for programs like Temporary Hotel Assistance, but on July 13, the county agreed to allocate funding to extend the program until July 17.

    Updated on July 20, 2020.


    The Sun Sentinel reports that while Governor Ron DeSantis extended Florida’s eviction moratorium until August 1, thousands of renters may be at risk of eviction when the state and federal moratoriums and coronavirus relief benefits expire at the end of July. At least 2,672 evictions are pending in Florida, with landlords simply waiting for eviction protections to expire.

    Governor Ron DeSantis on June 30 extended Florida’s eviction moratorium until August 1. The governor announced the extension just hours before the earlier extension was scheduled to expire.

    The coronavirus pandemic and its economic fallout have burdened Orange County residents who struggled to pay rent before the crisis. Last year, NLIHC ranked the Orlando metro area as the least affordable place to live in the United States.

    Updated on July 7, 2020.


    Governor Ron DeSantis announced on June 25 that the Florida Housing Finance Corporation will receive $250 million in CARES Act funding to help keep families stably housed. Of the total amount, $120 million will be used for rental and mortgage assistance, an additional $120 million will be used for rental assistance for residents in Florida Housing-funded developments, and $2 million will be used to assist with past and future costs in serving residents in supportive housing development.

    Updated on June 29, 2020.


    Governor Ron DeSantis issued an executive order on June 1 that extends Florida’s eviction moratorium until July 1, 2020.

    Updated on June 12, 2020.


    Even with Florida’s eviction moratorium in place, landlords have tried to evict tenants. Eighty eviction cases have been filed and are pending in Orange County alone.


    Purpose Built Families Foundation’s Operation Sacred Trust is providing rapid assistance to very low-income veterans facing housing crises as a result of the coronavirus. The Broward County nonprofit identifies priority neighborhoods each week to deliver services to veterans at risk of homelessness. CARES Act funds are helping the agency expand its services.
    The City of Miami Emergency Rental and Utilities Assistance Program will provide one-month rental and utility assistance to low-income residents who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic. The program began accepting applications on May 4.


    Homeless shelters in Florida have been adjusting their operations amid the pandemic, including imposing social distancing measures, increasing food outreach, and limiting new intakes in certain cases.

    Fort Lauderdale officials announced that the city is prepared to spend up to $200,000 to provide shelter in hotels for people experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. According to City Manager Chris Lagerbloom, a $200,000 federal grant would eventually reimburse the city.


    A coalition of advocates led by University of Miami doctor Armen Henderson held a press conference on April 17 to announce new plans to serve people experiencing homelessness in Miami-Dade County. These efforts include expanded COVID-19 testing, setting up showers and portable toilets, and distributing masks and tents to those in need.

    Florida’s eviction ban during COVID-19 does not protect people living in hotels and motels. Channel 9 asked Orange County’s mayor’s office if he would issue an ordinance to protect the families living in hotels and motels, but the office responded that it is not under consideration at this time.

    As Florida’s legislature contemplates returning for a special session Florida housing advocates – DHRC-member Florida Housing Coalition and other members of the Sadowski Coalition - are pushing to preserve the state’s affordable housing trust fund.

    Three weeks ago, Orange County, Florida, started offering rental assistance to people using $1.8 million from its General Revenue Fund. However, after two weeks, the County had to shut the program down due to an "overwhelming response." 

    Miami-Dade county is moving elderly residents out of homeless shelters and into hundreds of hotel rooms to ease crowding at homeless shelters.

    Brevard County

    Brevard County’s Board of County Commissioners allocated up to $4.4 million in federal CARES Act funds to help eligible residents with mortgage, rent, utility, and security deposit assistance. The financial assistance funds were made available on May 21.

    Updated on June 12, 2020.

    Port St. Lucie

    The city of Port St. Lucie established a COVID-19 Emergency Rental and Mortgage Assistance Grant Program to support residents who have experienced loss of income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    St. Augustine

    Health officials in St. Augustine provided coronavirus testing for people experiencing homelessness on May 15. Eleven out of the 18 people tested were individuals experiencing homelessness.

    Palm Bay

    The city of Palm Bay implemented an Eviction Prevention/Rental and Utility Assistance Program for residents impacted by COVID-19. The city’s Housing and Community Development Division will administer the program.

    Updated on June 12, 2020.

    Federal, state, and local eviction moratoriums are rapidly expiring and the CARES Act supplemental unemployment benefits will end soon; at that time, millions of low-income renters will be at risk of losing their homes. The NLIHC estimates at least $100 billion in emergency rental assistance is needed to keep low-income renters stably housed during and after the pandemic. This tracker links to news reports of the growing evictions crisis in various cities and states. Check NLIHC's cumulative list of eviction updates.


    The Governor's latest extension of his executive order prevents enforcement of evictions in the case of COVID-19 financial hardship through Sept. 1. COVID-19 financial hardship is classified as loss of employment, diminished wages or business income, or other monetary loss realized during Florida's state of emergency and directly impacting a tenant's ability to pay rent. 

    Updated: August 1


    In the third week of July, 31.6% of adults in Florida reported they had missed their previous housing payment or had little confidence they would make their next one on time, according to a weekly survey conducted by the Census. In the same survey, over eight hundred thousand renters reported they had not paid their previous rental payment

    Most COVID-19 related evictions have occurred in low-income communities of color, especially in Florida. 

    Miami-Dade

    1,533 evictions have been filed in Miami-Dade County between March 1-June 30, despite the moratorium. 

    July 21

    Broward

    1,646 evictions have been filed in Broward County between March 1-June 30, despite the moratorium. 

    July 21

    Updated: July 29


    More than one-third of Florida residents reported being unable to pay their June rent or mortgage payment or will be unable to pay July’s. 2,672 evictions have already been filed throughout the state. 

    Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties 

    Approximately 250,000 tenants in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties are protected by the federal eviction moratorium, which will expire in less than a month. Nearly 50% of renters in Miami doubt they can make July’s rent. 

    June 26

    Orange County

    Renters in Orange County are struggling; the county had to close down its assistance program after 30,000 renters filed applications for $1,000 in rental assistance. 

    June 29

    Updated: July 16

    COVID-19 Resources Other

    National Media

    What to Know About Housing and Rent During the COVID-19 Emergency? https://tinyurl.com/y74ox85d

    Arbor Realty Trust launched an innovative $2 million rental assistance program to help thousands of tenants and families significantly impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. Arbor is contributing $1 million to the program and participating borrowers will match Arbor's advances to its tenants in need to help fill the rent gap during the hard-hit months of May and June. Together, the partnership program will provide $2 million in relief. https://tinyurl.com/y9r6x9vb