Murphy Announces $20 Million in Federal Housing Funding for Orange County, Seminole County, and the City of Orlando
U.S. Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Winter Park, Fla., today announced that Orange County, Seminole County, and the City of Orlando will receive a total of nearly $20 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to expand the supply of affordable housing, revitalize communities, reduce homelessness, and help individuals with HIV/AIDS find suitable homes.
“Central Florida is among the fastest-growing regions in the country, but the supply of affordable housing has not kept pace,” said Murphy. “These targeted federal investments will not only help more families find affordable housing, but they will also make our community stronger for everyone by reducing crime, strengthening our economy, and enhancing our overall quality of life. I’ll keep working in Congress to support development in our region and to help more families find a good home.”
Murphy announced that the City of Orlando will receive a total of $7.4 million under the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), the Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program, the HOME Investment Partnerships program, and the Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program. In addition, Orange County will receive a total of $9.7 million and Seminole County will receive a total of $2.8 million under the CDBG, ESG, and HOME programs.
Through the CDBG program grant recipients use funds to construct quality housing, improve public infrastructure, and expand economic opportunities for working families. ESG grants are used to help families find permanent housing after they experience a housing crisis or homelessness and HOME grants fund housing costs for low-income families. Under the HOPWA program, grants fund projects that benefit low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are over 10,000 individuals living with HIV or AIDS in the Orlando metropolitan area.
Last year, Murphy announced that HUD had provided $17.6 million in funding for communities in central Florida to improve access to affordable housing, revitalize distressed communities, and reduce homelessness.
Murphy serves as a co-chair of the New Democrat Coalition’s Housing Task Force, which released a report in June that identifies the multiple reasons why there is a nationwide shortage of affordable homes.