Florida Policy Makers Being Asked to Rethink Low-Income Housing Options

The Florida Association of Counties is telling lawmakers the affordable housing gap is getting wider, saying it’s not just low income people who have trouble finding a home without breaking the bank.

"Historically, money made available from the state and local housing trust funds have been used successfully in meeting the housing needs of our low income residents," said Rodney Long of the Florida Association of Counties. "But now the need has grown even greater and it’s affecting those who, by definition, are not considered low income, but are essential to the backbone of our communities."

Advocates of the push say one of the biggest challenges is finding affordable homes for newly-hired police officers, firefighters, teachers and nurses.