2016 Legislative Priorities
Affordable Housing Trust Funds
- Use all affordable housing trust fund dollars for affordable housing
- Amend s. 420.5087 to institute a 10% minimum SAIL reservation for housing for homeless (as defined s. 420.621) and persons with special needs (as defined in s. 420.0004) households
- Amend s. 420.9072 to make using SHIP dollars to provide up to 12-months of rental assistance to very low-income households with at least one adult member that is a person with a special need (as defined in s. 420.0004) or is homeless (as defined s. 420.621) an eligible use
Rental Assistance for High Utilizers of High Cost Services
- Appropriate $10 million for the Department of Children and Families to provide a rent subsidy for individuals with severe mental illnesses and addiction disorders who are high users of high cost intensive services and who are able with supports to live independently.
Assure Permanent Supportive Housing is Included as a Core Service in Behavioral Healthcare Legislation
EVIDENCE AND RESEARCH:
Supportive Housing Improves Lives: Research has shown that supportive housing has positive effects on housing stability, employment, mental and physical health, and school attendance.
Supportive Housing Generates Significant Cost Savings to Public Systems: Cost studies in six different states and cities found that supportive housing results in tenants’ decreased use of homeless shelters, hospitals, ER’s, jails and prisons.
Supportive Housing Benefits Communities: Evidence shows that supportive housing benefits communities by improving the safety of neighborhoods, beautifying city blocks, and increasing or stabilizing property values over time.