Senator Nelson Calls for More Affordable Housing in Disaster Recovery

Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) sent a letter on April 16 urging the Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) to use Community Development Block Grant–Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds allocated to the state for affordable housing. He asks the DEO to use these federal funds for additional affordable housing options for low income households, particularly renters.

The senator notes that Florida lacked adequate affordable housing even prior to Hurricane Irma. “There needs to be an honest assessment of current and alternative affordable housing options in the state, with an eye toward ensuring supply can meet any future demand in the wake of a storm,” he wrote. The Florida DEO is responsible for preparing the State Action Plan to use CDBG-DR funds for recovery. The agency has not yet released a draft, which must be submitted to HUD by May 15.

Read Senator Nelson’s letter at: