(June 29, 2020)  “While the funding for SHIP was vetoed from the budget, the Governor’s decision to direct $250 million in CARES Act funding for rental and mortgage assistance shows the Governor continues to prioritize affordable housing in the state.  The veto of SHIP funding means those funds stay in the Local Government Housing Trust Fund.

We look forward to working with the Governor and the Florida Legislature during the special session which we anticipate in the fall to evaluate whether the SHIP funds can be appropriated at that time.  We will all have a better handle on the state’s housing needs after the CARES Act funds have been deployed.  

We agree with the Governor that now is the time to focus on deploying the CARES Act funds which need to be expended by the end of December.”

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