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By Peter Schorsch | December 18, 2020
… “This was the year for Central Florida to make headway on affordable housing. Then the virus hit.” via Caroline Glenn and Kate Santich of the Orlando Sentinel — For the first time in 13 years, state lawmakers were about to halt their annual siphoning of money from the Sadowski Trust Fund. A regional housing trust had launched. Orange County had just completed a 10-year plan to build 30,000 new units. Local governments and nonprofits had a record number of affordable housing projects in the pipeline. Support from corporate donors and philanthropists reached new heights. Then the pandemic hit. Already, housing advocates are bracing for 2021′s Legislative Session and the possibility the Sadowski Fund will be raided to make up for the budget deficits brought on by the pandemic. At stake is $600 million sitting in the fund, bolstered by home sales that were surprisingly unaffected by the pandemic…
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