Val Demings

04/17/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 04/18/2019 00:23

Reps. Demings, Murphy, Soto Announce Nearly $25 Million to Increase Affordable Housing in Central Florida

ORLANDO, FL - Central Florida Reps. Val Demings, Stephanie Murphy, and Darren Soto announced today that the cities of Orlando and Sanford, along with Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, will receive nearly $25 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to increase affordable housing, revitalize communities, reduce homelessness, and help individuals with HIV/AIDS find suitable homes.

Said Rep. Demings, 'Affordable housing and smart urban planning are crucial in our work to build a Central Florida that works for all of us. Every Central Floridian should be able to live in a safe, healthy, affordable neighborhood. These new development grants are an important tool towards building more good-quality affordable housing and planning beautiful and integrated communities for all of us.'

Said Rep. Soto, 'Affordable housing continues to be one of the biggest challenges in Central Florida. Along with another recently awarded HUD grant for $8 million, this new major $25 million federal grant will go a long way to assisting countless hard-working families in need of housing, especially in our most vulnerable communities. We recognize the growing need for housing assistance in our region and will continue advocating for federal grants to address this issue.

Said Rep. Murphy, 'While our region continues to attract new businesses, better-paying jobs, and new economic opportunities, affordable housing has not kept pace with this growth. This is a serious challenge for central Florida, and we must tackle it head on so more hard working people can afford a good home. I will keep fighting to secure investments like these that protect our most vulnerable communities, strengthen our economy, and support middle-class families.'

The funding comes from the following four HUD grant programs:

  • The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, which increases the supply of decent affordable housing, provides services to the most vulnerable in our communities, and creates jobs through the retention and expansion of businesses. Central Florida will receive $12,913,313 in funding from this program.
  • The HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), which provides formula grants to states and localities that communities use-often in partnership with local nonprofit groups-to fund a wide range of activities including building, buying, and rehabilitating affordable housing for rent or homeownership or providing direct rental assistance to low-income people. Central Florida will receive $5,350,486 in funding from this program.
  • The Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) Program, which provides funding to engage homeless individuals and families living on the street, improve the number and quality of emergency shelters for the homeless, provide essential services to shelter residents, rapidly rehouse homeless individuals, and prevent people from becoming homeless. Central Florida will receive $1,047,258 in funding from this program.
  • The Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) Program, which makes grants to local communities, states, and nonprofit organizations for projects that benefit low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS and their families. Orlando will receive $4,059,257 in funding from this program.

The following funds will be awarded to each city and county:

FY 2019 Allocations







Orange County












Seminole County






Osceola County