Affordable housing project on go

Published: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 09:57 AM.

A shot in the dark turned into a bit of needed light for a project to bring affordable housing to Gulf County.

Mark Du Mas, president and founder of The PACES Foundation, informed the Board of County Commissioners Tuesday that an application for loan dollars to construct affordable housing had been approved by the governor’s office.

The Gulf County project was one of just four that received federal HOME funds.

The award was $5.5 million and will be used to build 50 townhouse type units on a 40-acre parcel in the city of Port St. Joe off Clifford Sims Road.

The funds are distributed to the states by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, after lobbying from the Legislature’s small county caucus, recommended that the state’s allotment be prioritized for projects to bring affordable housing to smaller, more rural counties, Du Mas said.

Du Mas noted that in the past more than 90 percent of Florida housing funds end up in larger counties such as Orange, Miami-Dade, Broward and Duval.

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