Greetings on behalf of the Sanford Housing Authority’s Board of Commissioners and Staff.
Affordable housing is needed more than ever before. Affordable housing is for families who earn a living wage, but it is not sufficient to cover all housing costs and provide for a family. The Sanford Housing Authority and the City of Sanford recognize the need for additional affordable housing, to include housing for homeless families and individuals. In recent years, the Authority amended its housing policies to include homeless preferences.
The Sanford Housing Authority also recognizes the need to ensure its various programs’ housing stock is adequate. We are planning to renovate our public housing developments via multiple financial resources such as low-income housing tax credits, bonds and conventional loans. The Authority also plans to construct additional affordable housing units for households earning 80% or less of the area median income.
The Authority provides access to partners who assist with education, budgeting, job-readiness, homeownership to support families striving to become self-sufficient. Our Family Self-Sufficiency program allows households to escrow funds for things such as home purchases and education. More information about this program can be found on the website.
Although SHA, like most federally-funded agencies, has experienced significant funding cuts, we are committed to providing quality services to the citizens we serve.
With the funding challenges we face going forward, it is more vital than ever that SHA work with the City of Sanford and our many community partners to provide an expanding portfolio of safe, decent and affordable housing for families in need.