With the stroke of a pen, Governor Charlie Crist authorized more than half a billion dollars in tax exempt bonds.
The sale of the bonds will create a pool of money used to offer low interest loans to first time home buyers. Charlie Crist says “In the housing area alone, it’s 571 million dollars that wasn’t available before I signed that."
Another half billion will be pumped into the state around the first of the year through a federal housing grant. The money will be used to help people who have lost their homes to foreclosure, buy them back.
The Florida Department of Community Affairs says the money will be distributed to cities and counties and loaned to local people. Tom Pelham with the department said, “people who have lost their house, it’s been foreclosed on, there’s going to be a foreclosure sale.
Under this program a local government, a housing authority or some other entity could use these funds to purchase that house. The person who just lost it can get assistance to get their house back.
The federal dollars will be distributed to Florida communities based on their foreclosure rates. The federal money will be available sometime after the state submits its action plan. The deadline to turn in the plan is December 1st.