Orange County, Seminole County and the City of Orlando are set to receive about $20 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to boost affordable housing initiatives in the Central Florida area.
U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, who represents Florida’s 7th Congressional District, announced the funds in a Thursday press release from her congressional office.
“Central Florida is among the fastest-growing regions in the country, but the supply of affordable housing has not kept pace,” Murphy said. “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.”
The Winter Park Democrat said Orlando will receive $7.4 million of the HUD funds through the Community Development Block Grant, Emergency Solutions Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships and Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS programs.
The remainder of the federal money will be split between Orange County ($9.7 million) and Seminole County ($2.8 million) through the CDBG, ESG, and HOME programs.
CDBG funds help recipients 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; HOME grants fund housing costs for low-income families; and HOPWA program grants fund projects that benefit low-income individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
In 2017, Murphy announced a combined $17.6 million in HUD money for the City of Orlando, City of Sanford, Orange County and Seminole County with $6.6 million of that cash heading to Orlando.
Murphy was elected to represent CD 7, which covers Seminole County and north and central Orange County, in 2016. She faces Republican nominee state Rep. Mike Miller in November.
She holds a large financial advantage in her re-election bid, with nearly $2.5 million raised to Miller’s $565,000 according to the most recent round of campaign finance reports. She has also recently picked up endorsements from business groups, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, that traditionally back Republican candidates.
Election Day is Nov. 6.