We are excited to announce that due to REALTOR® advocacy efforts, Florida Realtors® has announced a plan to work with the Florida Legislature to advance homeownership opportunities for frontline workers while protecting funding for existing housing programs.
This effort will be a part of our 2022 Legislative Session agenda and provide us with enhanced opportunities to advocate for REALTORS® as the voice of real estate in Florida. In light of this plan, Florida Realtors® is suspending the Housing Funds for Housing ballot initiative.
Here is what Cheryl Lambert, 2021 President of Florida Realtors® had to say on this exciting news:
“Floridians made it known through their broad public support for the ballot initiative that workforce housing affordability must be a top priority, and this has opened the door for positive discussions in the Capitol. The legislative leadership has committed to working with us to find significant, immediate solutions to Florida’s workforce housing crisis. This crisis cannot wait. Every day, we hear about workers who are bearing the brunt of the pandemic who can’t afford a home. This approach will help bring homeownership within reach of Floridians much faster.”
This announcement is fantastic news for Floridians who are pursuing the dream of homeownership and we cannot thank you enough for all of your advocacy efforts and passion on this issue. Our response as a profession has been incredible, demonstrating the true power of the REALTOR® voice. Most importantly, your advocacy efforts are directly responsible for significantly advancing solutions to this problem.
We look forward to sharing more updates and successes on this issue in the months ahead. The complete press release from Florida Realtors® and a joint response from the Legislature regarding this exciting news is attached to this message.