The Honorable Ron DeSantis
Governor of Florida
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida, 32399
Dear Governor DeSantis,
Thank you for distinguishing yourself as a committed advocate for affordable housing in our great state. Your commitment to protect the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund is commendable and demonstrates the exemplary leadership that our state requires.Please consider utilizing your ability to line item veto and protect the $125 million that should be allocated for statewide affordable housing efforts.
The Bay Area Apartment Association represents 12 counties in the Greater Tampa Bay area, all facing affordable housing shortages of their own. The Hillsborough County Board of County Commission is working hard to commit $10 million toward local efforts, however, the County will fall short in covering the projected 1,700 people who are moving here monthly in addition to the 1.4 million residents who currently reside in Hillsborough. Currently in Hillsborough, there are 20,000 people on affordable housing waiting lists and the affordability gap grows larger every day.
Additionally, HB7103 removes a tool from our toolbox as the County works hard to encourage the development of affordable housing by precluding the use of opportunity zones. We need your leadership on this issue. Please veto the line item that continues the unfavorable tradition of sweeping the Sadowski Affordable Housing Trust Fund. The Bay Area Apartment Association and Hillsborough County share your commitment to affordable housing. Together, we can ensure that all Floridians maintain a high quality of life and a place to call home.