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:

    Bill Aldinger

    Director of Policy and Special Programs

    850.488.4197

    [email protected]


    State Entity Webpage

    Florida Housing Finance Corporation


    NHTF-specific page

    National Housing Trust Fund

    Competitive Application Process

  • 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

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  • 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). 

    In response to COVID-19 and its economic fallout, many cities and states are creating or expanding rental assistance programs to support individuals and families impacted by the pandemic, and NLIHC is tracking in-depth information on these programs.  

    You can use the interactive map and searchable database to find state and local emergency rental assistance programs near you. You can also see the latest news on rental assistance programs through the state-by-state news tracker. Note that this is not a comprehensive list of all rental assistance programs as we continue to update frequently. If you are aware of a program not included in our database, please contact [email protected]

    COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Programs
     

    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.

    The Florida Housing Finance Corporation on October 16 presented program updates on the $250 million COVID-19 Impacted Households Program funded through the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). The program provides rental and mortgage assistance to tenants living in Florida Housing’s multifamily and special needs developments and other affected homeowners and renters throughout Florida.

    Updated on October 26, 2020


    NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel spoke with Spectrum News 13 about the Trump administration’s new guidance on the federal moratorium, explaining how the amended guidelines are harmful to renters. “We can’t, as a country, contain the virus unless we are preventing evictions from occurring,” said Diane Yentel.

    The Orlando Sentinel reports Central Florida homeless shelters are seeing the first wave of individuals experiencing homelessness for the first time as a result of the COVID-19 recession. Many of the newly homeless are single mothers or parents of young children. According to the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, people who report being homeless for the first time now comprise over 40% of those seeking assistance.

    Updated on October 19, 2020


    According to the governor’s office, Governor Ron DeSantis allowed the statewide moratorium to expire on October 1 to prevent confusion between the state and CDC order. The CDC order, however, does not protect homeowners from foreclosure.

    The Tampa Bay Times explains how renters can receive protection under the CDC eviction moratorium. Several Florida lawyers are concerned that tenants assume the moratorium provides automatic protection.

    The Tampa Bay Times reports that despite no eviction notices filed in court, property owners changed the locks on the homes of more than 20 Tampa Park Apartments residents on October 2.

    Updated on October 14, 2020


    The Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida is bracing for an uptick in homelessness once Governor Ron DeSantis’ eviction moratorium expires on October 1. “We’ve got more than 40% of the folks who are walking through our doors right this moment that have never been homeless before,” said Allison Krall, president and CEO for the Coalition.

    The Gainesville Times explains how the CDC eviction moratorium can help tenants impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. One judge with the Hall County Magistrate Court had only seen one CDC declaration as of last week. Some landlords speaking with the Magistrate Court judges have not received any CDC declarations from their tenants.

    Updated on October 5, 2020


    The Florida Housing Justice Alliance and Connected in Crisis are calling on Governor Ron DeSantis to extend Florida’s eviction and foreclosure moratorium, set to expire October 1, and to formalize unofficial moratoriums utility companies have voluntarily followed. The coalition is also urging Governor DeSantis to provide direct financial assistance for rent, mortgages, and utilities. 

    State Representative Anna Eskamani is urging Governor Ron DeSantis and other elected officials to use a portion of the remaining $5.8 billion in Florida’s CARES Act funding to fund civil legal aid for renters facing eviction through the Florida Bar Foundation.

    Updated on Septemeber 29, 2020


    The Orlando Sentinel reports the final families of the Star Motel in Kissimmee -- with no power, running water, or functional sewer system -- are being moved out of the motel this week by Osceola County and local nonprofits. The Hope Center received $50,000 from the CARES Act to move these individuals into safe, sanitary, and decent housing, primarily into hotel rooms throughout Osceola County.

    Updated on September 22, 2020


    WPTV questions why Governor Ron DeSantis often delays extending Florida’s eviction moratorium until just hours before it expires. NLIHC’s Diane Yentel spoke to WPTV about the harmful impact of this approach and noted there is no evidence to support suggestions that people who can pay rent are not doing so.  

    Updated on September 10, 2020


    “The inaction and neglect by the federal government, by Congress, and by the White House to act until now has resulted in thousands, maybe tens of thousands of people already losing their homes due to COVID-19,” NLIHC’s Diane Yentel told the Orlando Sentinel. “And it’s a relief that the CDC has finally taken action to prevent that same harm being done to tens of millions more families.” The Community Justice Project reports that more than 10,000 eviction cases have been filed in Florida since April.  

    Governor Ron DeSantis extended Florida’s eviction moratorium on August 31, less than four hours before it was set to expire. The Orlando Sentinel reports that since Governor DeSantis narrowed the state’s moratorium in August, hundreds of eviction cases have been filed - outpacing the total number of evictions filed from April to July when a stricter eviction plan was in place. Landlords in Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties filed 2,170 evictions between August 1 and August 27, which is far more than in any of the four prior months. 

    Updated on September 10, 2020


    Within hours of the Orange County eviction diversion program portal opening, more than one thousand tenants had applied for assistance.

    WUSF reports that a Florida landlord informally evicted a family by cutting off water and power to the unit and removing the family’s furniture. By making living conditions so untenable for the family, the landlord effectively removed them from the unit without a formal eviction process.

    According to the Tampa Bay Times, a Florida landlord that received between $2 million and $5 million emergency loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), has filed more evictions during the pandemic than any other company in Florida. Tzadik Management has a billion-dollar portfolio of residential complexes across the U.S., including at least 12 in Hillsborough County.

    Updated on September 2, 2020.


    More than 800,000 renters in Florida are at risk of being evicted within weeks. Judges throughout Florida will interpret the various executive orders and eviction protection laws on a case-by-case basis, meaning there is no definite way to predict outcomes.

    Updated on August 25, 2020.


    In Duval County, 219 evictions were filed in court during the first week of August. On August 3, nearly 100 cases were filed, marking the start of the first full business week since Governor Ron DeSantis’ new limited eviction order was enacted. Governor DeSantis’ new order only stops final actions in eviction proceedings and requires tenants to prove that non-payment of rent is due to losses from the pandemic.

    Governor Ron DeSantis' extension on the state's eviction moratorium protects families who have been "adversely affected by the COVID-19 emergency" from losing their homes. However, this hasn't stopped landlords from posting the eviction notices on tenants' doors.

    Updated on August 19, 2020.


    While Governor Ron DeSantis extended Florida’s eviction and foreclosure moratorium until September 1, the extension included changes that will protect fewer families from being evicted. The new order only suspends the “final action” in court, which housing lawyers interpret as meaning that new cases will be allowed to proceed until the final judgment. Many tenants will be responsible for proving in court that they have been impacted by the pandemic. To raise that defense, tenants will be required to deposit the entire amount of unpaid rent to court within five days of receiving their notice. The Orlando Sentinel also reported on Governor Ron DeSantis’ extended eviction moratorium, calling attention to advocates’ concerns that the changes the governor made to the moratorium will result in a flood of evictions.

    Even with the extended moratorium, housing advocates in Osceola County are concerned about a wave of evictions and rise in homelessness in the coming months. 

    Updated on August 11, 2020.


    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.

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    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.


    More than 800,000 renters in Florida are at risk of being evicted within weeks. Judges throughout Florida will interpret the various executive orders and eviction protection laws on a case-by-case basis, meaning there is no definite way to predict outcomes.

    Updated on August 28, 2020.


    A statewide moratorium on evictions and foreclosures signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in late July has not stopped a number of eviction proceedings from moving forward in Duval County. In Duval County, records show 219 evictions during the first week of August alone. On Monday, Aug. 3, nearly 100 cases were filed, marking the start of the first full business week since the moratorium was limited.

    Updated: August 12


    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