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  • As we all work to navigate the impacts of Hurricane Ian, please stay safe and follow the guidance of state and local authorities. This morning Governor DeSantis issued an update on search and rescue efforts. Please click here for more information: Search and Rescue Efforts Underway Following Hurricane Ian

  • [Orlando, Fla.] - Florida Housing Finance Corporation's upcoming Board of Directors' Meeting will be held on Friday, September 16 at 8:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport hotel. To view the meeting agenda and board package materials, please click here.

    Event Details:
    Who: Florida Housing's Board of Directors
    What: Board Meeting
    When: Friday, September 16, 2022, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
    Where: Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport
                 9300 Jeff Fuqua Blvd.
                 Orlando, FL 32827
     
    For more information on this Board Meeting, please contact Sheila Freaney, Board Liaison, at 850-488-4197 or via email at Sheila.Freaney@floridahousing.org.

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  • Program has provided nearly $25 million in assistance to Florida families.

    Tallahassee, FL - Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) announced today that the Hometown Heroes Housing program has provided nearly $25 million in assistance to help essential community workers purchase a home in Florida. In late May, Governor DeSantis announced the launch of Hometown Heroes, which provides down payment and closing cost assistance to more than 100 eligible professions. Since the program’s launch on June 1, a total of $24 million has been provided to 1,642 families throughout the state. The top occupations currently utilizing this program are veterans/active-duty military, nurses, teachers, and law enforcement officers.

    “This Labor Day we celebrate the power of hardworking Americans and recognize the contributions of these individuals to our country’s success,” said Trey Price, Executive Director of Florida Housing Finance Corporation. “In just three months, the Hometown Heroes program has allowed us to directly assist thousands of Floridians that make up an essential part of our state’s labor force. These individuals work hard to serve their communities and we’re proud to show our appreciation by providing the necessary financial assistance to help them achieve the American Dream of homeownership.”

    “The Hometown Heroes program has changed our lives,” said Carolina and Jordan, first time homebuyers in Clermont, Florida. “We’ve lived in many places throughout the state while Carolina worked as a nurse and have been saving for years, but buying a home has always been just out of reach. Then we heard about Florida’s Hometown Heroes program and knew this could finally be our chance to set down roots. We connected with Kevin Royer from Compass Real Estate and Jon Howard at the Home Loan Expert, one of Florida Housing’s participating loan officers, and now just a few weeks later we are closing on our first home. We’re extremely grateful for this program and to everyone who has helped us along the way.”

    More than 100 professions are currently eligible for the Hometown Heroes program, including law enforcement officers, firefighters, educators, healthcare workers, and active-duty military or veterans. Eligible homebuyers can receive up to 5% of their first mortgage loan amount (up to a maximum of $25,000) in the form of a 0%, non-amortizing, 30-year second mortgage. To qualify for this program, homebuyers must connect with one of Florida Housing’s participating loan officers, have a minimum credit score of 640, provide certification for one of the eligible occupations and meet the income threshold for their county.

    For more information on the Florida Hometown Heroes Housing Program, please visit www.floridahousing.org/hometownheroes.

    Florida Housing Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) was created by the state Legislature more than 40 years ago. We are the state’s housing finance agency (HFA) that administers state and federal resources to help provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for the citizens of Florida.

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  • [Sarasota, Fla.] - Florida Housing Finance Corporation's upcoming Board of Directors' Meeting will be held on Friday, August 5 at 8:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Sarasota. To view the meeting agenda and board package materials, please click here.

    Event Details:
    Who: Florida Housing's Board of Directors
    What: Board Meeting
    When: Friday, August 5, 2022, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
    Where: Hyatt Regency Sarasota
                 1000 Boulevard of the Arts
                 Sarasota, FL 34236

    To phone into the meeting, please use the information below:
    Call in Number: 888-585-9008
    Passcode: 357 546 738
     
    For more information on this Board Meeting, please contact Sheila Freaney, Board Liaison, at 850-488-4197 or via email at Sheila.Freaney@floridahousing.org.

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    TALLAHASSEE
    , FL - Today, Governor Ron DeSantis announced that since the Hometown Heroes housing assistance program launched on June 1, Florida Housing Finance Corporation has provided more than $12 million in down payment assistance to Florida’s hometown heroes. Florida Housing received $100 million from the state Legislature this year to establish the Hometown Heroes program, which assists individuals such as law enforcement officers, educators, healthcare professionals, and active military or veterans in purchasing their first home in Florida. Since the program’s launch a total of $12.1 million in assistance has been provided to 843 families throughout the state.

    “Our law enforcement, first responders, nurses, and other hometown heroes work hard every day to take care of their communities,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “I’m proud that we have been able to give back by helping 800 families buy their first home in the communities they serve, and I look forward to seeing this project grow to help thousands more in the coming months.”

    “We’re extremely proud to share this milestone because it demonstrates how much the Hometown Heroes program is already helping hardworking Floridians throughout the state,” said Trey Price, Executive Director of Florida Housing Finance Corporation. “In less than two months, we have provided hundreds of families with the necessary financial assistance to purchase their first home. We’re grateful to Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature for their dedication to housing efforts and look forward to continuing to see the positive impacts of this program.”

    The Hometown Heroes program provides Florida’s frontline community workers in more than 100 eligible professions with down payment and closing cost assistance to help purchase a primary residence in the communities where they work. Eligible homebuyers will receive up to 5% of their first mortgage loan amount (up to a maximum of $25,000) in down payment and closing cost assistance in the form of a 0%, non-amortizing, 30-year deferred second mortgage. To qualify for this program, homebuyers must connect with one of Florida Housing’s participating loan officers, have a minimum credit score of 640, provide certification for one of the eligible occupations, and meet the income threshold for their county.

    On May 23, Governor Ron DeSantis announced the June 1 launch of the Florida Hometown Heroes Housing Program. The Hometown Heroes Housing Program is available to Floridians including law enforcement officers, firefighters, educators, healthcare professionals, childcare employees, and active military or veterans. Including this $100 million program, the Governor approved $363 million for affordable and workforce housing in the 2022-2023 budget, the highest total in 15 years. 

    For more information on the Florida Hometown Heroes Housing Program, please visit www.floridahousing.org/hometownheroes.

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  • TALLAHASSEE - Florida Housing Finance Corporation's upcoming Board of Directors' Meeting will be held on Friday, June 17 at 8:30 a.m. at the Turnbull Center in Tallahassee. To view the meeting agenda and board package materials, please  click here.

    Event Details:
    Who: Florida Housing's Board of Directors
    What: Board Meeting
    When: Friday, June 17, 2022, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
    Where: Turnbull Center
                  555 W Pensacola St
                  Tallahassee, FL 32306

    For more information on this Board Meeting, please contact Sheila Freaney, Board Liaison, at 850-488-4197 or via email at Sheila.Freaney@floridahousing.org.

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  • CAPE CORAL, FL - Yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis and the Florida Housing Finance Corporation announced the June 1 launch of the Florida Hometown Heroes Housing Program to help Floridians in over 50 critical professions purchase their first home. The Hometown Heroes Housing Program will be available to Floridians including law enforcement officers, firefighters, educators, healthcare professionals, childcare employees, and active military or veterans. Including this $100 million program, the Governor also announced his intent to support the total of nearly $363 million appropriated for affordable and workforce housing in the 2022-2023 budget, the highest total in 15 years.

    The program is administered by the Florida Housing and Finance Corporation (Florida Housing) and has the highest and most inclusive eligibility of all Florida Housing down payment assistance programs. The program is geared to expanding on Florida’s existing housing programs to reach critical workers and those who have served our country. Learn more about the program here or by contacting the Hometown Heroes call center at 844-247-6555.

    “In Florida, we value the contributions of our police, firefighters, teachers, and nurses,” said Governor Ron DeSantis. “Our hometown heroes are the backbone of Florida communities and making sure that they can afford to be homeowners is a great way to give back to them and support the future of the American Dream.”

    “Florida Housing is extremely grateful to those who have remained committed to serving their communities, especially during these challenging financial times,” said Trey Price, Executive Director of Florida Housing Finance Corporation. “Hometown Heroes will provide the financial assistance necessary to help these hardworking individuals finally achieve the American Dream of homeownership, and we look forward to the positive impacts this accomplishment will have on so many Florida families.”

    “DEO is proud to stand beside Governor DeSantis as he prioritizes our state’s vital workers, including our first responders, nurses, and teachers,” said DEO Secretary Dane Eagle. “These men and women are heroes who ensure our communities’ crucial needs are met, and we are grateful to take part in this initiative to show our gratitude.”

    “Recently I started looking to buy a house. With the help of my realtor and loan officer, there was so much that I didn’t know about, and they were able to help me and guide me,” said Officer Ashton Wolfe, Cape Coral Police Department. “I joined the military when I was 18. I was stationed in Washington, and when I left the military, I came back to Cape Coral to serve my community as a police officer. The program Salute Our Soldiers, which is becoming the Hometown Heroes program, allowed me to buy a house at the age of 23 and I am the only 23-year-old I know that is buying a home, so it has done great things for me.”

    “I have been a teacher for 25 years,” said Melba Lugo, Second Grade Teacher, Mid Cape Global Academy. “In one day, I changed cities, I changed jobs and I bought a house. Thank you for this program and I want to thank all of these people that have made this possible. Owning a house seemed like such a distant, far away dream. I am 63 and at this age you are supposed to be paying off your mortgage, but everything is good and beautiful when you walk in God’s time.”

    Florida Housing received $100 million from the state Legislature this year to establish and administer the Florida Hometown Heroes Housing Program. This program will aid essential community workers in 50 different eligible professions with down payment and closing cost assistance to help first-time, income-qualified homebuyers purchase a primary residence in the communities they serve. Funds will be available to reserve starting June 1, which coincides with National Homeownership Month. This occasion celebrates the value that owning a home brings to families, communities, and neighborhoods across America.

    To qualify for this program, homebuyers must connect with a participating loan officer, have a minimum credit score of 640, provide certification for one of the eligible occupations and meet the income threshold for their county. Eligible borrowers will receive up to 5% of the first mortgage loan amount (up to a maximum of $25,000) in down payment and closing cost assistance in the form of a 0%, non-amortizing, 30-year deferred second mortgage.

    For more information, please call 844-247-6555 or visit www.floridahousing.org/hometownheroes.

    Florida Housing was created by the Legislature 40 years ago. We are the state’s housing finance agency (HFA) that administers state and federal resources to help provide affordable homeownership and rental housing options for the citizens of Florida.

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  • West Palm Beach, Fla. - Florida Housing Finance Corporation's upcoming Board of Directors' Meeting will be held on Friday, April 29 at 8:30 a.m. at the West Palm Beach Marriott. To view the meeting agenda and board package materials, please click here.

    Event Details:
    Who: Florida Housing's Board of Directors
    What: Board Meeting
    When: Friday, April 29, 2022, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
    Where: West Palm Beach Marriott
                  1001 Okeechobee Boulevard
                  West Palm Beach, FL 33401

    For more information, please contact Sheila Freaney, Board Liaison, at 850-488-4197 or Sheila.Freaney@floridahousing.org.

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  • TALLAHASSEE - Florida Housing Finance Corporation will be hosting a telephonic Board of Directors' Meeting on Friday, April 1 at 9 a.m. To view the Board materials, please  click here.

    To phone into the meeting, please use the information below:
    Call in Number: 888-585-9008
    Passcode: 357 546 738
     
    For more information, please contact Sheila Freaney, Board Liaison, at 850-488-4197 or via email at Sheila.Freaney@floridahousing.org.

  • TALLAHASSEE - Florida Housing Finance Corporation's upcoming Board of Directors' Meeting will be held on Friday, March 4 at 8:30 a.m. in Tallahassee. To view the Board Package materials, please click here.

    Event Details:
    Who: Florida Housing's Board of Directors
    What: Board Meeting
    When: Friday, March 4, 2014, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
    Where: Turnbull Center
                  555 W Pensacola St
                  Tallahassee, FL 32306

    For more information on this Board Meeting, please contact Sheila Freaney, Board Liaison, at 850-488-4197 or via email at Sheila.Freaney@floridahousing.org.
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  • TALLAHASSEE - Florida Housing's upcoming Board of Directors' Meeting will be held on Friday, January 21 in Tallahassee. The meeting will begin at 8:30 a.m. For Board Package information, please click here.

    Event Details:
    Who: Florida Housing's Board of Directors
    What: Board Meeting
    When: Friday, January 21, 2022, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
    Where: Turnbull Center
                 555 W Pensacola St
                 Tallahassee, FL 32306

    For more information on this Board Meeting, please contact Sheila Freaney, Board Liaison, at 850-488-4197 or via email at sheila.freaney@floridahousing.org
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